Homeowners living in detached houses may be protected from suffering heart attacks or strokes, a new study suggests.
The first study to examine the biological impact of housing choices has found that renters or people who live in flats, semi-detached, or terraced homes have increased levels of a chemical associated with stress and inflammation.
The chemical, called C-reactive protein, is linked to cardiovascular disease which can cause angina, heart failure, heart attacks and strokes.
The study of nearly 10,000 people found those living in flats, terraces and semi-detached homes had more than double the levels of c-reactive protein than those in detached houses.
Homeowners, whether outright or…