Living in Greener Neighbourhoods May Postpone the Natural Onset of Menopause

Barcelona, 13 February 2020

  • Lower stress and better mental health -known benefits of green spaces- could explain this finding.
  • Living near green spaces is associated with a wide variety of benefits, including a lower risk of obesity, improved attention capacity in children and slower physical decline in old age. Now, for the first time, a study led by the University of Bergen and the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), a centre supported by ”la Caixa”, has found that living in a greener neighbourhood is also associated with older age at the onset of menopause.
  • The study, published in Environment International, analysed data on 1,955 women from nine countries (Spain, France, Germany, Belgium, United Kingdom, Sweden, Estonia, Iceland and Norway) who took part in the European Community Respiratory Health Survey (ECRHS).

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