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Children who grow up in less green environments have more than 55% higher risk of developing mental illness later in their life than those who grow up in greener places, according to a study conducted at the Danish University of Aarhus and published this week. -view of the American magazine PNAS.
To determine this, researchers looked at satellite imagery in Denmark from 1985 to 2013 to see how many green plantations were around children's homes. They then compared this with the risk of 1
Result: those who lived in the capitals with the smallest number of green spaces had the highest risk of mental illness, while in rural areas with more greenery there was the lowest risk. This is true even for the control of socio-economic factors and the history of mental illness of parents.
Moreover, the longer you are in greener places in your childhood, the better your chances of good mental health.
"The risk of developing a mental disorder is gradually diminishing, the longer you were surrounded by green space from birth and up to 10 years," says author Christine Engemann, a doctoral student at the Department of Biological Sciences and National Science at the Center for Registry Research at the University of Aarhus. "Green spaces in childhood are extremely important"
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Of course, this study does not prove causation. And, you can live in a big city and live near many green plantations. The research has shown that it is just as useful for your future mental health as being surrounded by the same amount of green growth in the countryside.
This is not the first study that revealed that green spaces can improve the mental health of people. A 50-minute walk in nature reduces anxiety and raises happiness, a recent study published in Landscape & Urban Planning magazine, and the effect of nature, "reduces mental fatigue and irritability that comes with it." a report published in the environment and behavior. In general, there is a large body of evidence that suggests that urban environments relate to higher mental illnesses. "Nearly a century's research has shown a higher risk of mental disorders among people living in urban areas and in rural areas," according to a study published in the journal Epigenetics, which deals with genetic sources of illness and ill health.
So, what about green pastures that promote health? This is not entirely clear, but some scientists suggest that it can physically change us, differing from brain activity, lowering blood pressure and much more.
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