The neighborhoods we live in dictate a whole lot about our lives. The stores we patronize or the schools our children attend, just to name a few examples.
Now, a new study from Drexel University concludes that one’s neighborhood may also put them at a considerably higher risk of developing chronic kidney disease.
In more exact terms, the research team says people living in low socioeconomic neighborhoods (low average income, low average education level) may be more susceptible to chronic kidney disease, high blood pressure, and poor blood sugar control.
Besides just your neighbor’s finances, a neighborhood’s walkability, availability of healthy food options, and rate of violent crime all appear to influence residents’ odds of developing chronic kidney disease as well.
“Our finding, that people who are living in neighborhoods with the fewest resources are at highest risk for kidney disease, should be a call to health providers to integrate