Do you sometimes feel fortunate for living near the fast food restaurants? With fast food restaurants around your place it makes life much easier most of the time. However, it may raise your chance of having heart disease. What? Yes! Recently, an article published by the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology stated that residents are at higher risk of cardiovascular disease with one or more fast food restaurants near home, and the greater the number of fast food restaurants is, the higher the risk of cardiovascular disease is.
As stated in the published article, the study included more than 2.4 million adults over 35 years, these people lived at the same address for at least 15 years and had no history of cardiovascular disease at the beginning of study.
Through a one-year follow-up observation, the research team found that for residents living in cities:
- The risk of coronary heart disease increases by approximately 13% for people with two fast food restaurants ithin 500 meters (0.3 mile) from the house
- The risk of coronary heart disease increases by approximately 17% for people with at least five fast food restaurants within 1000 meters (0.6 mile) from the house
- The risk of coronary heart disease almost doesn’t change at all for people with one fast food restaurant within 3000 meters (1.86 mile) from the house, mostly likely the 3000 meters distance is far away enough.
The significance of this study is that the distribution density of urban fast-food restaurants will have a certain impact on physical health, and the location and distribution density of urban fast-food restaurants should be properly regulated.
Once again, we’d remind everyone that good diet matters for health.