U.S. Hispanics (or Latinos) have a 24% lower overall death rate than whites, but are 50% more likely to die from diabetes or liver disease, according to a report on Hispanic health released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Heart disease and cancer are the two leading causes of death for both Hispanics and whites, but the prevalence of these conditions is lower among Hispanics. Among other differences, Hispanics have a 23% higher obesity rate than whites and are 28% less likely to receive colorectal screening. Health risks also vary by country of birth and cultural heritage; for example, foreign-born Hispanics have about half as much heart disease and cancer as U.S.-born Hispanics. Immigration, lower overall smoking rates and higher levels of family support may partly explain the mortality advantage of some Hispanic origin groups, the report notes. U.S. Hispanics also are nearly 15 years younger on average than whites, “so early intervention might have a broader impact on Hispanics in preventing chronic diseases that can manifest decades later,” the report adds. For more information, visit www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/hispanic-health.