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Go Outside to Get Healthy.

Simply being exposed to the outdoors and green areas reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and premature death, according to researchers from the University of East Anglia. The team studied data from 290 million people who were involved in 140 studies from 20 countries. They found that people who live near or spend time in "open, undeveloped land with natural vegetation as well as urban greenspaces, which included urban parks and street greenery," have lower rates of disease, increased sleep duration, and less salivary Cortisol (an indicator of stress) than people with the least access to greenspaces. While the study did not identify the cause of these health benefits, the researchers speculated that it could be the result of more opportunities for exercise and socialization, or even more exposure to beneficial bacteria. Their results were published on July 6 in Environmental Research.

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Title Annotation:NEWSBRIEFS
Publication:Duke Medicine Health News
Date:Sep 1, 2018
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