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ADA: Walkable Neighborhoods Cut Diabetes Rates

Residents of areas that encourage walking also have lower obesity rates. Those are the finding from two studies that showed those living in an area that encourages walking are also three times more likely to walk or bike and half as likely to drive to get from one place to another compared to residents in areas where cars are required. Dr. Gillian Booth, an endocrinologist and research scientist at St. Michael’s Hospital and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences in Toronto, said that the protective effects of living in a walkable area applied only to people younger than 65. Older people in those areas did not experience the health benefits. ADA 2014 Scientific Sessions; June 16, 2014