Women Live Longer When Surrounded By Nature
BY Sarah Friedman August 22 2017
There’s no better way to enjoy a great weather, than heading outdoors and soaking in the sunshine and exploring the nature. But aside from a great weather, you should spend time with nature or greenery more often even if you are at your home. According to a new study, women who live in homes surrounded by trees and other greenery have lower mortality rates than those who don’t. That’s right, living in an area surrounded by nature/vegetation can help you live longer.
According to a new study published in Environmental Health Perspectives, American women who live in homes surrounded by more vegetation have significantly lower mortality rates than women who live in areas with less greenery.
Researchers from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital used data from 108,630 women across the United States to compare the women’s risk of mortality with the level of greenery surrounding their homes (based on what was obtained by the satellite imagery from different seasons and various years).
Through this data that was compiled from 2000 to 2008, they found out that women who were surrounded by vegetation had a 12 percent lower overall mortality rate versus those living in the least green areas. The connection was the strongest when it came to deaths related to cancer and respiratory diseases: Women who were living in areas with the most vegetation had a 34 percent lower rate of respiratory-related diseases and deaths, as well as a 13 percent lower rate of cancer deaths compared with those who had the least vegetation around their homes.
So what’s the connection between greenery and mortality? Of course, as you can guess, women living in green, natural environments aren’t experiencing the full negative health effects of air pollution, noise, and extreme heat as those who living in city environment, but researchers also theorize that those who live in areas surrounded by more vegetation also have increased opportunities for physical activity and social interaction, and therefore, lower stress levels, and improved mental health. It was measured through lower levels of depression and was estimated to explain nearly 30 percent of the benefit from living around more trees, the authors of the study said.
So the bottom line is that there is a strong relationship between increased exposure to greenness and lower mortality rates and a large portion of the benefit from high levels of greenery seems to be connected with improved mental health. So now is the time for you to fulfill your lifelong dream of owning a house in the countryside surrounded by the beautiful, mesmerizing nature.