Two studies have recently been published that show a concerning link between air pollution and major health implications. The first study, published by the American Heart Association’s journal, highlighted a link between exposure to air pollution and cardiovascular disease.
Heart disease is Britain’s biggest killer, resulting in over 160,000 deaths each year. Improving environmental conditions to prevent this disease is therefore vital.
The research concludes that exposure to air pollution damages high-density lipoprotein (HDL) also known as “good bacteria”. It is this damage which is thought to lead to an increase risk of heart attack and stroke. These worrying results are not just the result of prolonged exposure: the study shows that changes in HDL levels can be seen after brief and medium-length exposure to air pollution.
Professor Sir Nilesh Samani, Medical Director of the British Heart Foundation, recognises the serious health implications caused by air pollution. Commenting on the study he said: “There is an urgent need to fund more research that looks in to the dangerous effects of air pollution on the cardiovascular system.”
A second study published in the Journal “Cancer”, has also discovered an alarming connection between cumulative exposure to air pollution and cancer. The study suggests that air pollution could be responsible for a 10 percent increase in cancer cases. Among the cases looked at in the study, the rate of breast cancer and prostate cancer increased the most.
Both of these studies show the detrimental effects that air pollution could have on our health. It is therefore important that we take measures to protect ourselves from these toxic pollutants. Unfortunately, the risks aren’t only associated with outdoor air pollution; indoor air pollution can also negatively impact health.
Individuals often spend up to 80% of their day indoors, either at work or at home. Ensuring that these indoor environments provide protection from harmful outdoor pollutants is important for health and well-being.
High specification air purification systems can create the optimum indoor environment. These systems remove the harmful pollutants and volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) from the air.
Ref 1: Association of Air Pollution Exposures With High-Density Lipoprotein Cholestoerol and Particle Number. The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology. 2017 [13/04/2017]
Ref 2: Killer Smog Air pollution triggers ’10 per cent rise in cancer cases’, The Sun [08/05/2017]