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Keep in mind smog that engulfed the whole Delhi during last winter? Air pollution has already reached an alarming rate. In metropolitan cities where there are more vehicles and less of trees and shrubs, Air pollution is increasing at an easy pace.

I think air pollution poses a huge threat to health already, now, a recently available study has discovered that even less contact with Air pollution can also damage kidneys and increase their harm risk.

The study suggests that there is no “safe” level for Air pollution, as even the cheapest degrees of particulate matter in the air can do great injury to the kidneys and lead to chronic kidney disease (CKD), a decline in glomerular filtration rate (eGFR)- the rate of blood circulation through the kidneys as well as end-stage renal disease (ESRD) – the last stage of CKD.

“Even levels below the limit set by the EPA were bad for the kidneys. This shows that there is no safe degree of Air pollution,” said Ziyad Al-Aly, Director at the VA Saint Louis HEALTHCARE System in Missouri, US. “Our results show a large association between exposure to PM2.5 and risk of incident CKD, eGFR decline, and ESRD,” Al-Aly added.

Whenever we breathe, tiny particles within the dirty air go through our lungs and enter our bloodstream to finally reach kidneys. Kidneys -our body’s main filter systems – sift these contaminants from the bloodstream.

Yet, excess contact with these dangerous pollutants reduces the efficacy of the procedure, Al-Aly explained.

For the scholarly study, that will come in the Journal of the American Culture of Nephrology (JASN), the United team analyzed information on 2,482,737 US veterans who were followed for a median of 8.5 years.

Air pollution levels assessed using space-borne sensors from NASA satellites also. The research workers found a linear romantic relationship between Air pollution levels and the threat of experiencing kidney function decrease and of developing kidney disease or kidney failure.

Every year in America, 44,793 new cases of chronic kidney disease and 2438 new cases of kidney failure related to particulate matter Air pollution exceeding environment-friendly Protection Agency’s recommended limit, researchers said.

Besides leading to cardiovascular problems, air pollution may increase the risk of asthma also. Air pollution is more threatening for those having respiratory system problems. It messes up with disease fighting capability making your body weak also.

 

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