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People Living Near Green Spaces Are at Lower Risk of Metabolic Syndrome

Barcelona, 26 de September 2019
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A new study by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), an institution supported by ”la Caixa”,  analyses for the first time the relation between long-term exposure to residential green spaces and a cluster of conditions that include obesity and hypertension. © Mihaly Koles/Unsplash.
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A new study by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), an institution supported by ”la Caixa”, analyses for the first time the relation between long-term exposure to residential green spaces and a cluster of conditions that include obesity and hypertension. © Mihaly Koles/Unsplash.
Middle-aged and older adults that live in greener neighbourhoods are at lower risk of developing metabolic syndrome than those living in areas with less green spaces. This is the main conclusion of a new study by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), an institution supported by ”la Caixa”, which provides further evidence on the health benefits of green spaces.


Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions that occur together and include obesity, hypertension, high blood sugar levels, and abnormal fat levels. It is a major risk factor for non-communicable diseases such as heart attacks, diabetes or stroke. To date, a number of studies have analysed the relationship between exposure to green spaces and individual components of metabolic syndrome. In this study, ISGlobal examined the link with metabolic syndrome as a whole, providing an indicator of overall cardiometabolic health, and in the long-term.

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