(Naturally Healthy)-Air pollution is as common as bad roads in Nigeria and it can lead to some serious kidney issues, according to a study in U.S veterans.
“Air pollution is a risk factor for kidney disease development,” Dr. Ziyad Al-Aly of the Veterans Affairs St. Louis Health Care System in St. Louis, Missouri, who helped conduct the research, told Reuters Health by phone. “You can argue that it’s even more of a problem in countries like China or India, where pollution is much, much, much worse.”
Dr. Jennifer Bregg-Gresham of the Kidney Epidemiology and Cost Center at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor reviewed the research for Reuters Health. “It has been known for a while that air pollution increases the risks for heart and lung problems. These new findings support that even low levels of fine particulate matter air pollution across the US can increase the risk of serious kidney problems,” she told Reuters Health in a telephone interview. “Given the millions of people with and at-risk for kidney disease who are impacted by air pollution, this has serious public health implications.”
Dr. Al-Aly and his team studied particulate matter (PM), tiny fragments produced by fossil fuel combustion and other industrial processes, that can be inhaled deep into the lungs.
“Air pollution is bad for everyone. Those that are frail or have known chronic diseases are the most vulnerable, in general. This study adds to the literature in the field and further promotes the case for lowering air pollution levels beyond even current standards, for its larger societal benefit, especially for at risk populations, and supports continued research in this area.”
High levels of PM 2.5 – meaning particles smaller than 2.5 micrometers across – are associated with heart disease, stroke, diabetes and a shorter life span.
SOURCE: bit.ly/2xyjeFE Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, online September 21, 2017.