The study is the first of its kind to analyze risk over a ten-year period. It also found that people living in less walkable areas had higher blood pressure and a higher risk of diabetes.
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"From a public policy perspective, the findings support the idea that the benefits of walkable neighborhoods could be significant enough to move the dial for individual health,” said Nicholas Howell, an author of the study and a graduate student in the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael's.
The researchers hope that their findings will urge people in less walkable cities to find other ways to exercise.
In addition to lowering your risk for cardiovascular disease, walking can also help you to maintain a healthy weight, as well as improve your mood, according to the Mayo Clinic.