Walkable Neighborhoods Tied to Lower Diabetes Risk (Reuters)

Reuters reports on a Canadian study that says people living in areas conducive to walking are at a lower risk of diabetes. The story includes comments from Associate Professor Ethan M. Berke of the Geisel School of Medicine and  The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, who says people in pedestrian-friendly areas tend to be more physically active.

“Whether that’s due to social capital or opportunities for healthy behaviors, such as physical activity, or opportunities for access to healthy foods isn’t clear, because a walkable neighborhood is usually associated with a lot of those things,” Berke tells Reuters.

Berke adds that “where we live has a huge impact on our health, and I think this study adds to the evidence that where you live matters an awful lot in how you get sick and if you get sick.”

Read the full story, published 9/25/12 by Reuters.