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Hello healthy life! Go green, keep chronic diseases at bay

We know that living around tress and green spaces is good for health, but according to a recent study, green neighbourhoods lead to reduction in chronic diseases.

health and fitness Updated: Apr 23, 2016 14:21 IST
Higher greenness is linked to significantly lower rates of diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol, as well as fewer chronic health conditions, finds a new study.
Higher greenness is linked to significantly lower rates of diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol, as well as fewer chronic health conditions, finds a new study.(Shutterstock)

We know that living around tress and green spaces is good for health, but according to a recent study, green neighbourhoods lead to reduction in chronic diseases.

Led by researchers at the University of Miami, the study shows that higher greenness is linked to significantly lower rates of diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol, as well as fewer chronic health conditions.

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The findings are based on 2010-2011 health data reported for approximately 2,50,000 Miami-Dade Medicare beneficiaries over age 65, and a measure of vegetative presence based on NASA satellite imagery.

“This study builds on our research group’s earlier analyses showing block level impacts of mixed-use and supportive building features on adults and children,” said lead author Scott Brown.

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Researcher Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk said the study results “give impetus to public agencies and property owners to plant and maintain a verdant public landscape.”

“Going from a low to a high level of greenness at the block level is associated with 49 fewer chronic health conditions per 1,000 residents, which is approximately equivalent to a reduction in the biomedical aging of the study population by three years,” said Brown.

The study is published online by the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

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