Researchers Tie Neighborhood Walkability to Diabetes Risk
Whether a neighborhood is conducive to walking could determine residents’ risk for developing diabetes, according to a new study by researchers at St. Michael’s Hospital and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences.
Researchers found this risk was particularly high for new immigrants living in low-income neighborhoods. A new immigrant living in a less walkable neighborhood – fewer destinations within a 10-minute walk, lower residential density, poorly connected streets – was about 50 percent more likely to develop diabetes when compared to long-term residents living in the most walkable areas, regardless of neighborhood income.
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