“Walkable” Neighborhoods Lower Risk of Diabetes

According to a pair of studies presented as the American Diabetes Association’s 74th Scientific Sessions earlier this month, living in a neighborhood that is conducive to walking substantially lowers the rate overweight, obesity, and diabetes. Gillian Booth, MD, Endocrinologist and Research Scientist as St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto stated “how we build our cities matters in terms of our overall health. As a society, we have engineered physical activity out of our lives. Every opportunity to walk, to get outside, to go to the corner store or walk our children to school can have a big impact on our risk for diabetes and becoming overweight.”

The studies found people living in neighborhoods with greater walkability saw on average a 13 percent lower development of diabetes over those that were less walkable during a 10-year span. Read more at the ADA Site.

By Jared Robbins, Analyst