Living in a huge urban center like New York City is pretty awesome, but it turns out all your friends who opted for the suburbs and greener pastures may have been onto something.
According to a new study published in Environmental Health Perspectives, women who live in places surrounded by a lot of vegetation, trees and greenery basically have lower chances of dyingthan women who dont.
Researchers fromHarvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health as well asBrigham and Womens Hospital studied 108,630 women from2000 to 2008 to try to find out if there was any connection between residential greenness and mortality, aka nature and death, according to thestudys abstract.
But, these scientists were specifically looking at mortality rates, and what they found was remarkable.
According to Cosmopolitan, women living in the greenest spaces (as seen by satellite imagery) had a 12 percent lower overall mortality rate than the women living in the least green spaces.
Whats even crazier is how stark the differences in mortality were for cancers and respiratory illnesses.
Women who had very little greenery and nature around their homes had a 34 percent chance higher rate of death by respiratory illness and a 13 percent higher rate of death by cancer, Cosmopolitan reports.
So basically, if you dont have trees, plants, bushes, a garden or some kind of nature near your homeand are a woman, you have a much higher chance of dying from cancer and respiratoryillnesses.
The researchers concluded,
Higher levels of green vegetation were associated with decreased mortality. Policies to increase vegetation may provide opportunities for physical activity, reduce harmful exposures, increase social engagement, and improve mental health. While planting vegetation may mitigate effects of climate change, evidence of an association between vegetation and lower mortality rates suggests it also might be used to improve health.
Ignoring the casual bomb the researchers dropped about how increased vegetation can also help fightclimate change, it seems adding just a little bit of greenery and nature around your home can go a long way to improving your long-term health.
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