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Can Density Prevent Diabetes?

In Australia, a new study will determine the best ways to make high-density developments healthy places to live.
May 7, 2018, 6am PDT | Katharine Jose
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A team of academics from several Australian universities have begun a two-and-a-half year study to determine the best strategies for designing high-density developments that promote physical and mental healthspecifically type 2 diabetes, heart disease and depression.

According to one of the principle designers of the study, "There is a lack of research in Australia and around the world on what is needed to ensure people can live healthy, sustainable lives in an increasingly urbanised environment. There are a lot of questions we don't have the answers to.”

Density and sprawl have become important topics in Australian cities, where, as in the United States, urban land values have grown significantly and affordable housing is getting pushed out.

Though there are the risks of increased air pollution and social isolation, a number of studies have demonstrated the health benefits of densitymainly because it means more transit, more walking, and often, more social interaction. Or at least, as Planetizen contributor Michael Lewyn recently concluded, downtown won’t kill you.

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