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Your neighborhood can affect your blood pressure

People living in neighborhoods with more opportunities for exercise, low crime, better grocery stores and closer community had a lower risk of hypertension. This was regardless of income and education level, according to the Reuters report.

Researchers feel that good living conditions help people exercise and eat a healthy diet, as well as relax and reduce stress.

The neighborhood study

Researchers studied 2,612 adults aged 45 to 85 years who took part in a study on cardiovascular health. They lived in New York City, Baltimore or Forsyth County in North Carolina.

The adults were asked about the conditions in the mile surrounding their home. Including:

  • whether they felt safe
  • whether the shops a good selection of fruits and vegetables
  • whether it was easy to walk in the neighborhood
  • whether their neighbors were friendly and willing to help each other.

The researchers found that people who lived in the most walkable neighborhoods were 25% less likely to have high blood pressure than those in the least walking friendly neighborhoods.

The findings were published in Epidemiology, July 2008 “Neighborhood Characteristics and Hypertension”.


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