(WASHINGTON) -- A new Centers for Disease Control study suggests Latinos in the U.S. have a longer life expectancy than Caucasians or African-Americans in the country do. The C.D.C.'s National Center for Health Statistics research, based on 2006 death rate data, finds Latinos in the U.S. live an average of 2.5 years longer than the non-Hispanic white population and nearly 8 years longer than the non-Hispanic black population.
Life expectancy for the total population was 77.7 years, but the Hispanic population had a life expectancy of nearly 81 years. Non-Hispanic whites can expect to live about 78 years, and African-Americans have a life expectancy of 73 years.
The C.D.C. report said the reasons for the differences are not known. A recent article on AskMen.com on living longer points to the Latino lifestyle as a determinant, saying the importance of family, a strong work ethic, the role of religion and formation of a community may be part of the equation.
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