Air Pollution Can Harm Your Bones: Study


A recent study has found a correlation with an increase in air pollution and a rise in the number of hospital admissions because of bone fractures. The study suggests that the rising air pollution in the environment could adversely affect our bones, especially the elderly.

The researchers, during the study evaluated the data of nearly 9.2 million people across seven years in order to reach the findings.

Another small analysis of 692 middle-aged, low-income adults in Boston, United States showed that the higher levels of pollution and black carbon in the environment left patients with lower parathyroid hormones — a hormone related to calcium and bone health — and lower bone mineral density than those in lesser polluted areas.

Commenting on the findings of the study, the research author Dr. Andrea Baccarelli, of Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health said, “Decades of careful research has documented the health risks of air pollution, from cardiovascular and respiratory diseases to cancer, and impaired cognition, and now osteoporosis,” according to the Telegraph reports.

“Among the many benefits of clean air, our research suggests, are improved bone health and a way to prevent bone fractures,” Baccarelli added.

The study stated that while air pollution already poses a grave risk on people’s mortality, it has also noted to be a risk for osteoporosis.

There are nearly 2 million osteoporosis-related fractures in the United States each year. Reports state many of the osteoporosis patients do not experience any symptoms until they get a bone fracture.

The researchers also said that after receiving a fracture, a person has a higher risk of mortality; in fact, there is also an increased risk of potential fractures in future and also chronic pain. This is particularly true for older people.

The findings of the study were published in the journal Lancet Planetary Health in November.

Source: NYDaily


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