BEIJING: Chinese scientists have discovered that air pollution is not only dangerous for the lungs and heart, but can also cause chronic kidney disease. He made the discovery after analyzing two years of health data from more than 47,000 Chinese adults.
It should be noted that fine particles of airborne pollutants measuring 2.5 micrometers or less are called “PM2.5” (particulate matter 2.5) while they are also considered a health hazard. Is.
While these particles can reach our lungs and cause various respiratory diseases, on the other hand, these particles can also cause various heart diseases.
These particles are so dangerous that the World Health Organization (WHO) has set a maximum annual PM2.5 average of 10 micrograms per cubic meter, while setting a maximum daily allowance of 25 micrograms per cubic meter. Has gone
The study, conducted at Peking University in Beijing, examined the long-term presence of PM2.5 in the air and its effects on human health, as well as its effects on the kidneys.
The study found that adult men living in cities and healthy adults had a higher risk of long-term air pollution from PM2.5.
Of the study participants, approximately 5,100 (10.8%) were found to have chronic kidney disease. It was also discovered that an increase in PM2.5 air pollution by only 10 micrograms per cubic meter increased the risk of kidney problems by 130%.
Based on this study, scientists say that government policy makers need to be more serious about air pollution because of its new and more dangerous health effects than ever before.
Details of the study are published online in the latest issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.