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A new study by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) found no association between living in areas surrounded by green space and slower progression of arterial stiffness. The study, which was recently published in Environmental Health Perspectives, analysed data on 5,316 current and former members of the British civil service between 55 and 79 years of age who underwent two assessments of arterial stiffness four years apart.
Since the global population is ageing and arterial stiffness a key indicator of cardiovascular health, previous research had focused on finding ways to slow down the natural process by which vessel walls lose elasticity with age. These earlier studies identified physical activity, healthy weight and reducing exposure to air pollution and noise as factors that can influence the progression of arterial stiffness. But another potentially protective factor — green spaces such as parks, forests and community gardens — required further attention.
The new study, entitled "Long-Term Greenspace Exposure and Progression of Arterial Stiffness: The Whitehall II Cohort Study", investigated whether living in a place surrounded by green spaces, and therefore enjoying long-term exposure to these spaces, can slow the progression of arterial stiffness with age.
de Keijzer C, Foraster M, Basagaña X et al. Long-Term Greenspace Exposure and Progression of Arterial Stiffness: The Whitehall II Cohort Study. Environmental Health Perspectives. June 2020. DOI: 10.1289/EHP6159