Parks may reduce risk of type 2 diabetes

LOS ANGELES Drexel university researchers found that people who live in areas with parks, safe sidewalks and ample access to fresh fruit and vegetables are less likely to develop the condition than others.

Researchers looked at data from 2,285 adults between 45 and 84 years of age, who lived in Baltimore and Baltimore County, the Bronx in New York city, and Forsyth County, North Carolina.

During a period of 5 years, 233 people developed type 2 diabetes.

After taking into account factors like age, sex, family history, race, income, education level, and alcohol and tobacco use, researchers found that those with better neighborhood environments were 38 percent less likely to develop type 2 diabetes.

The study is published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

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