Living near a ‘food swamp’ may increase stroke risk among adults 50 and older
- The percentage of people living in areas with a retail food environment index below 5 was 28%, and the percentage of those living in areas ranked as 5 or higher on the food environment index was 72%.
- People in the higher retail food environment index group (ratio 5 or more) had 13% higher odds of incident stroke compared to those who lived in neighborhoods with an index score below 5.
- The overall median retail food environment index across all communities was a ratio of 6, “meaning many of the participants lived in an area with 6 times the amount of unhealthy to healthy food retailers,” Yang noted.
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