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Maria Lopez Cazares participates in a program at the Las Islas Diabetic Center in Oxnard. Although Latinos have a higher rates of diabetes, they live longer. Doctors and demographers don't know why.

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Maria Lopez Cazares participates in a program at the Las Islas Diabetic Center in Oxnard. Although Latinos have a higher rates of diabetes, they live longer. Doctors and demographers don't know why.

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  • Maria Lopez Cazares participates in a program at the Las Islas Diabetic Center in Oxnard. Although Latinos have a higher rates of diabetes, they live longer. Doctors and demographers don't know why.
  • Maria Ortega de Velasquez cooks rice with vegetables and fish for her family. She thinks life is healthier in Honduras, where she was born, and points to diet and pace of life as reasons.
  • Gerardo Velasquez helps his wife, Maria Ortega de Velasquez, cook rice with vegetables and fish for their family. They immigrated from Honduras and say the diet and lifestyle there is healthier.
  • Alicia Jaime (left) goes through a test with Lizette Nunez, a medical assistant at the Las Islas Diabetic Center in Oxnard. Latinos have a higher rate of diabetes and less access to health care but live longer. Researchers label it a paradox.
  • Alicia Jaime (left) gets help with her medication from Claudia Villasenor (middle), a medical assistant at the Las Islas Diabetic Center in Oxnard, as Reyes Ramirez also goes through his medications.

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