Villanueva, K., Knuiman, M., Koohsari, M. J, Hickey, S., Foster, S., Badland, H., Nathan, A. G, Bull, F. & Giles-Corti, B. (2013). People living in hilly residential areas in metropolitan Perth have less diabetes: Spurious association or important environmental determinant?. International Journal of Health Geographics,12(59), 1-11. United Kingdom: Biomed Central Ltd. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1186/1476-072X-12-59
Background: Variations in ‘slope’ (how steep or flat the ground is) may be good for health. As walking up hills is a physiologically vigorous physical activity and can contribute to weight control, greater neighbourhood slopes may provide a protective barrier to weight gain, and help prevent Type 2 diabetes onset. We explored whether living in ‘hilly’ neighbourhoods was associated with diabetes prevalence among the Australian adult population.
Institute for Health and Ageing
Open Access Journal Article