People who live within 300 metres of a green space are 16 percent less likely to experience a stroke, claims a recent study
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Most of us spend time in nature to improve our mood, release stress and feel more relaxed.
But a recent study has found that people who live within 300 metres of a forest, farm, or city park are 16 percent less likely to experience a stroke.
New research published in the Environmental International journal collected data from more than three million Spaniards to measure the association between air quality and stroke.
The researchers explored anonymised data from the public health service of Catalonia, which covers nearly everyone from that region of Spain.
Those under the age of 18, who already had a stroke, and with incomplete data were excluded from the study, with a final dataset of 3,521,274 participants.
Over a two year period (2016 and 2017), the data revealed that 10,865 adults had an ischemic stroke.
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According to the NHS : “Ischaemic strokes are the most common type of stroke. They happen when a blood clot blocks the flow of blood and oxygen to the brain.”
The data gathered included home addresses and researchers found that participants who lived within 300 metres of a green space were 16 percent less likely to experience a stroke within the two years.
They also found that the risk of a stroke steadily increased for those with higher exposure to air pollution in their homes.
Researchers of the study wrote: “Green spaces provide a beneficial effect on health through different mechanisms, such as mental restoration and stress reduction, increased physical activity, improved social contacts/cohesion, and exposure to an enriched microbiome.”
The World Health Organisation has identified that access to a green spaces has a number of health benefits, including improved immune system health, better mental health, fewer heart attacks, improved sleep, and even better pregnancy outcomes.
Every year, 100,000 people in the UK suffer from a stroke.
According to the NHS, stroke survivors often experience problems with speaking and understanding, as well as reading and writing.
Anyone can have an ischemic stroke, but they are often linked to other health conditions that tighten and restrict blood flow.
Lifestyle factors that can increase the risk of an ischemic stroke include: