Gardens Shown to Increase Longevity

By Pete Lane, 9:00 am on

From having instant access to fresh veggies to simply enjoying an array of colors and scents, there are many reasons to be around a garden of some type. Increased longevity can also be added to that list, according to the results of a recent study. Read on to learn more, presented by experienced caregivers in Centennial.

Lower Mortality in Greener Areas

Based on the results of the study, researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health concluded that women in the U.S. living in more rural surroundings have a 12 percent lower mortality rate compared to their urban-dwelling counterparts. Benefits for physical health come from:

  • More chances to be active outdoors
  • Increased opportunities to be social
  • Reduced exposure to air pollution

Improved Mental Health

Involving more than 100,000 female nursing students, the study found that participants living around vegetation of some sort reported lower levels of depression. Eighty percent of gardeners surveyed for Gardeners’ World Magazine also reported generally feeling happy, a nearly 15 percent increase over non-gardening respondents.

Long-Term Health Benefits

Long-term benefits researchers linked to living in greener areas include reduced instances of respiratory diseases by more than 30 percent and a nearly 15 percent reduction in cancer-related deaths. Part of the reason for this may be that vegetation absorbs harmful pollutants.

Designing More Green Areas

The findings also provide an added incentive for architects and city planners to incorporate more green spaces into their designs. According to TreePeople.org, benefits of living in an area with an abundance of trees include:

  • Protection from ultraviolet rays
  • Lower temps by approx. 10 degrees
  • Reduced water pollution

While the study focused on women, anybody can benefit from being around more vegetable. Even if you don’t live in an area surrounding by greenery, taking steps such as planting a small garden or even creating a window box container garden can add a little more green to your life.

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