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Healthy Heart in Healthy Neighborhood


Healthy Heart in Healthy Neighborhood

(ePharmaNews) – Some neighborhood habitants are more prone to illnesses than others, a new study says.

A team of researchers from Northwestern University studied 6000 persons from different ethnicities; they measured cholesterol, sugar and blood pressure, in addition to inquiring about lifestyle habits such as smoking, diet and weight. After that, they divided the participants into three major categories according to their risks of having heart diseases.

The results, which were published yesterday in Circulation, showed that the perfect heart health was most dominant in educated males below 55 year-old. The new surprise was that results depended largely on the neighborhoods and streets of those participants, since residents of neighborhoods that have groceries, gyms and gardens were more likely to be healthier.
 
“The most significant neighborhood factors that lead to ideal health were access to recreational resources like parks and trails where people can walk in safety and comfort, and the availability of healthy foods,” said Erin Unger, study author and medical student at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. “These are some of the first findings showing that your neighborhood influences your overall cardiovascular health.”


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