How important are trees to your health?

Friday, January 18, 2013

A new study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine implies that trees may actually mitigate both cardiovascular and lower respiratory disease.

The study looked at 1,296 counties in 15 states across 18 years to discover that the absence of trees may actually increase mortality rates from certain diseases. Comparing communities that had lost their trees to emerald ash borer with communities that still had tree-lined streets, the study found that communities without trees suffered an addition 15,000 deaths from cardiovascular disease and 6,000 deaths from lower respiratory disease.