New research shows exposure to household air pollution increases heart disease
Mumbai, June 30 : The increased risk of developing heart disease due to daily air pollution exposure is highlighted in several new studies, reports Blueair, a global leader in mobile indoor air cleaning technologies.The latest findings firmly underline the cradle-to-grave threats to human health and wellness by air pollution, both inside our homes and workspaces and outside on the street, said Bengt Rittri, CEO of Blueair, the company he founded twenty years ago.
A study published in May in the Endocrine Societys Journal of Clinical Endocrinology Metabolism concluded that exposure to air pollution can worsen blood sugar levels, cholesterol and other risk factors for heart disease.
The study looked at the effects of air pollution exposure on 73,117 adults living in southern Israel based on an analysis of 600,000 blood samples taken from those studied.
The studys senior author, Victor Novack, MD, PhD, of Soroka University Medical Center and Ben-Gurion University in Beer Sheva, Israel, said that while air pollution is linked with relatively small changes in cardiometabolic risk factors, the continuous nature of exposure and the number of people affected gives us cause for concern.
The health consequences of breathing polluted indoor air are also underscored in a recent survey conducted by Artemis Hospital under the Clean Air India Movement.
The survey highlights the relation between indoor air quality and lung health. Due to unhealthy indoor air quality, about 31 percent of the respondents had some kind of airway disease and 46 per cent people were found to have symptoms suggesting a respiratory disease.
The researchers also said exposure to bad indoor air quality specifically increased the risk of cardiovascular death by 11 percent and clot-caused heart disease by 14 percent.
The scientific evidence detailing how polluted air over a lifetime contributes to heart disease and other threats to our wellbeing is extensive, but we are not powerless. While we are unable to improve the air outside, we can take proactive, individual steps to head off airborne pollutants to create safer indoor environments by investing in indoor air purifiers such as those from Blueair that remove contaminants, said Bengt Rittri.
How can we protect ourselves?
Stay aware: Blueairs Aware Air Monitor provides continuous updates about the current quality of your indoor air and pollution outside on the street.
Protect yourself: Create a safe indoor clean air haven by using a Blueair air purifier (with filters that set industry standards for efficiency) that sucks in the pollutants before you do.
Listen to your body: Dont overdo it by ignoring the signals when you get a headache, an unexplained cough or red and itchy eyes.