NYC’s noise pollution is a headache but it might be good for you

New York Weekend Edition /
Apr.April 16, 2017 12:00 PM

There is nothing quite like the frustration of living next to a construction site or along an ambulance’s favorite route. Still, those annoyances and many others are common experiences for New Yorkers — you don’t live here for the peace and quiet. But you can take some satisfaction in the fact that all that noise is apparently good for your health.

A study conducted by NYU Langone Medical Center of NYC’s low-income housing found that residents of noisy areas were healthier than those of quieter neighborhoods, according to the New York Post.

Noise complaints were cross-referenced with the blood pressure and body mass index of 102 low-income residents of the noisiest neighborhoods in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx. The study found that those living in the noisiest areas had a BMI 2.72 points lower than those living in neighborhoods without noise complaints. Their blood pressure was also lower.

“To be clear, we’re not saying that neighborhood noise causes better health,” Dustin Duncan, the study’s senior investigator, said in a statement, noting that noisy areas might also be the most walkable. “A lot of further research is needed to explain the relationship we found between this kind of disturbance and health.” [NYP]Christopher Cameron


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