Green Space Reduces Risk of Stroke by 16%, Here’s the Explanation

Suara.com – Cheers to those of you who live near green spaces. A new study shows a link between green space and a reduced risk of stroke.

In this new study, reported by Science Alertthe risk of people living near green spaces (within 300 meters) was reduced by 16% to have a stroke.

The data is drawn from a public health care system that includes more than 3.5 million adults in the Catalonia region of Spain. Data was collected throughout 2016 and 2017.

The researchers noted that green space was not a direct cause of reduced stroke risk, but that the two associations were strong enough to warrant further research.

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“This study demonstrates the importance of environmental determinants in stroke risk,” explains neurologist Carla Avellaneda, from IMIM-Hospital del Mar in Barcelona, ​​Spain.

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Green spaces and nature can indeed improve health in several ways, namely by reducing stress, as a means of exercising, and improving mental health.

“There also appears to be some beneficial effect on cerebrovascular disease risk,” he continued.

Cerebrovascular disease includes all diseases of the blood vessels in the brain, especially the arteries of the brain. One of them is a stroke.

According to researchers, there are more factors to consider than just greenery. For example, pollution.

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Previous studies found that high exposure to three air pollutants, namely nitrogen dioxide (NO 2 ), particles below 2.5 microns (PM2.5) and soot particles, was associated with an increased risk of stroke.

So, further research should look into exactly why green spaces in an area seem to play a role in reducing stroke risk for local residents.