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Does living in an undesirable neighbourhood shorten life expectancy?

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More scandalacious news in the Daily Mail, following our previous blog post suggesting that living near to a noisy road might increase the chance of a premature death by 4%.

This time, research from the University of Pittsburgh has found that living in a high crime neighbourhood can shorten life expectancy by as much as 12 years; or – putting it another way – those living in deprived, high crime areas were found to have a ‘biological’ age that was over a decade greater than their chronological age.

Of course, none of this should come as a surprise: we all know the stress, trauma and great upset that an antisocial living environment can cause, but until now many haven’t fully appreciated just how damaging a local area can be on wellbeing.

While we will continue to take the news with a pinch of salt, it’s yet another wake-up call that says it’s vital you check the local area before you move.

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Are you being killed by traffic noise?

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Today’s Daily Mail is reporting that living in proximity of traffic noise could be linked with a decreased life expectancy.

Research by Dr Jaana Halonen, published in the European Heart Journal, has found that  people surrounded by traffic noise above 60dba were 4% more likely to die of a heart attack or stroke than those where the background noise was closer to 55dba (the level of a conversation).

Dr Halonen said: ‘This is the largest study of its kind to date, looking at everyone living inside the M25 over a seven-year period. Our findings contribute to the body of evidence suggesting reductions in traffic noise could be beneficial to our health.

What’s the noise pollution level like in London?

In London, more than 1.6 million people are exposed to noise levels above 60dba on a daily basis; our own research – which powers the ‘noise nuisances’ section of our website, also found that the noise from train lines, motorways and busy A-Roads locally can easily exceed this threshold, even in rural areas.

Of course, if you’re concerned about noise from trains and roads we’d recommend obtaining a copy of a Property Detective report for an assessment of how badly affected you are by noise, but in the meantime you can read the full article on the Daily Mail website.

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