Diabetes Forecast

Walkable Neighborhoods Boost Health

By Miriam E. Tucker , ,
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Can you walk to stores and services from where you live? Canadian researchers found that the more “walkable” the neighborhood, the less likely its residents are to be overweight or obese or to develop type 2 diabetes over a 10-year period. People younger than 65 living in walkable areas were 13 percent less likely than those in less walkable neighborhoods to develop type 2 diabetes, although there was no difference among those older than 65. The percentage of people diagnosed with diabetes fell by 7 percent during a decade in the most walkable neighborhoods, while it rose by 6 percent in the least walkable places. Overweight and obesity were also lowest in the most walkable neighborhoods, falling by 9 percent while rising by 13 percent in the least walkable areas.
Source: American Diabetes Association's 74th annual Scientific Sessions, June 2014



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