Pollution is one of our biggest enemies, as it exposes us to dozens of health risks. The list remains open, as new research added another health concern that people should worry about. People usually regard air pollution as the biggest enemy of our lungs and respiratory system, but it seems this is not the only risk. A new research highlights the connection between air pollution and feebler bones.
Air pollution causes our bones to get sensitive
For many years, researchers kept exploring the health risks air pollution subjected us to. On top of the list, there was the respiratory risk, closely followed by cardiovascular diseases, cancer, and even cognitive issues. Now, researchers added one more risk – osteoporosis.
To reach this conclusion, researchers performed a longitudinal study which lasted for seven years. They looked at 9.2 million people, and spotted a link between higher levels of pollution in the air and more fracture cases recorded in the emergency rooms.
It seems that pollution affects the hormones produced by the parathyroid glands. These hormones regulate the levels of calcium in the organism, and maintain the health of our bones. Also, air pollution caused their bones to collect fewer minerals than in areas with less pollution.
Osteoporosis increases the rates of mortality among older people
Therefore, living in areas where the air is cleaner can help people prevent fractures and the development of osteoporosis. Air pollution is already a factor which increases mortality. If old people develop osteoporosis, their bones get feebler and it’s a lot easier for them to suffer fractures. Once this happens, they are again put at a higher risk of death.
A lot of people are not aware they are suffering from osteoporosis until they break their bones. Afterwards, they are more likely to suffer from chronic pain, and experience more fractures. The study has been published in the journal Lancet Planetary Health.
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