Obesity is one of the major risk factors in the development of Hypertension, Heart Attacks and Strokes. However, this link is not always straightforward.
Mexican Americans have one of the highest levels of obesity in the US, but the prevalence of Cardio- and Cerebrovascular Diseases and mortality rate from such diseases is the lowest of other ethic groups including non-Hispanic whites.
For example, the prevalence of obesity in non-Hispanic white women is 35% and in Mexican American women 45%. At the same time the death rate for the first group from the Coronary Heart Disease is 243 per 100,000 of population, but for the second group is one-third lower 182. For Ischemic Stroke this difference is even more profound – more than 40% lower, 45 versus 32 deaths per 100,000 of population.
One of the most distinctive elements of the Mexican Diet is cooked tomatoes. Scientists in Lycotec, Cambridge UK,