Neighborhood Conducive To Walking Influence Diabetes Risk

Posted on Jan 20 2014 - 2:54am by Wileene Grace Olimpo

Researchers of St. Michael’s Hospital released the results of a research that suggest they can accurately predict risk levels for diabetes by what neighborhood someone lives in.

Walkable urban neighborhood

Neighborhood ConduciveThey suggest that a walk-friendly, densely-populated neighborhood can help people keep diabetes at bay.

“Although diabetes can be prevented through physical activity, healthy eating and weight loss, we determined the environment in which one lives is also an important indicator of one’s risk,” lead researcher Dr. Gillian Booth said in a statement.

Canadian researchers argued that the less walkable and more dependent on cars a neighborhood is, the greater the risk of diabetes and obesity for people living in those neighborhoods.

Obesity, diabetes risk

Booth’s study examined the residential density and walkability of different neighborhoods in Toronto to determine how they influenced diabetes and obesity of the neighborhoods’ residents.

The results aren’t that surprising, as people who walk more are healthier. People who spend more time being stationary are more likely to develop health disorders like diabetes.