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Air pollution increases risk of heart disease

Updated on June 24, 2016

Surveys of Israeli scientists from the University of Ben-Gurion University and Soroka newly published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism raises the possibility risk of heart disease and diabetes increased by air pollution.
The research team analyzed data from 73 117 people living in southern Israel, where many areas have high levels of dust pollution. They use satellite images on the amount of light by dirt blocking, besides other weather data, to create models that can help them estimate the daily pollution levels, based on residential address of the participants.

After analyzing more than 600,000 blood samples, the researchers found that people who were exposed to the dust and the air more blood sugar, cholesterol, low density lipoprotein (LDL) - bad cholesterol - and triglycerides higher than people less exposed. Meanwhile, density lipoprotein cholesterol levels, high (HDL) - good cholesterol - lower than in those who were exposed to dusty air. The changes due to pollution above shows metabolic disorders which are the factors that increase the risk of heart attack. The team also found that air pollution does not adversely affect immediately, according to which the blood sample after 7 days of exposure to airborne dust no significant changes. The above-mentioned risk factors are detected only after 3 months of exposure.

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