Can Walkable Cities Reduce Blood Pressure?

There are 1.13 billion patients suffering from raised blood pressure in the world. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), raised blood pressure is estimated to cause 7.5 million deaths per year, or about 12.8 percent of all deaths. On February 3, Chinmony Sarkar, Chris Webster, and John Gallacher from universities of Hong Kong and Oxford published a study in The International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health, about the relationship between the built environment and urban dwellers’ blood pressure and hypertension.

Using 429,334 UK Biobank participants aged between 38 and 73 and living in 22 UK cities, the study looks to examine the associations between neighbourhood walkability and hypertension in an urban area with a large and diverse populace.

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