Where you choose you build your home sweet home can have a serious impact on your health. So choose wisely.
A new study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal tracked 5.5 million adults in Ontario between the ages of 40 to 79 for four years. Researchers found that those living in the northern parts of the province were two times more like to suffer from cardiovascular diseases, heart attacks and strokes. Two times as likely, folks! Just for wanting to wake up to that fresh, country air.
And given the sample size, this is data that shouldn’t be glossed over either.
“What we found were rather striking two-fold differences in the incidence of cardiovascular disease between Ontarians living in different parts of the province,” said Dr. Jack Tu, a cardiologist at Toronto’s Schulich Heart Centre. “Those living in the areas with the lowest burden of disease were the most likely to have received cardiovascular preventative services — such as having an annual physical, seeing their doctor to have their cholesterol and diabetes checked, and having their blood pressure controlled.”
The reality is, living in or near the urban sprawl means better access to healthcare, despite the greater cost of living. You’d be away from most of the doctors and specialists, which means you may receive less preventative care and be less likely to receive a diagnosis.
People in the northern parts of Ontario were also more likely to smoke, be obese and were less likely to consume fruits and vegetables, all of which can influence cardiovascular health.
In a study from 2008 out of England, researchers also found that the closer people lived to airports, the higher their blood pressure measured due to planes passing loudly and frequently above.
And just earlier this year, another study revealed that people living near highways were more likely to suffer from brain disorders, like dementia.
Just a few points to consider when you’re ready to pick out your forever home.