It’s long been known that breathing in dirty, polluted air can be bad for your health. Air pollution has been linked to lung disease, asthma, and cardiovascular disease. Research is pointing towards poor air quality having serious implications for brain health too. Approximately 5.7 million Americans live with Alzheimer’s disease, while dementia is the seventh leading cause of death worldwide. Scientists are increasingly linking dementia and Alzheimer’s with air pollution. Several global studies have found that nitrogen dioxide and sulfur dioxide can lead to significant cognitive decline, particularly as people get older.
In heavily built up, polluted urban areas there is a high volume of magnetites in the air. Scientists have been studying whether there is a link between these magnetites, urban and industrial pollution and the rising numbers of people living with dementia and Alzheimer’s. The number of people now living with Alzheimer’s disease worldwide is around 47 million. This figure is predicted to reach 75 million people by 2030 and nearly triple by 2050. While scientists have found that these magnetites already exist in human brains, people living with Alzheimer’s have a higher than average quantity of magnetites in their brains.
The dangers posed by polluted air are not just present when we go outside. The air in your home and workplace could have significant pollution levels too. In fact, indoor air pollution is the cause of 3.8 million deaths worldwide every year. Poor air quality can cause a number of diseases such as lung cancer and stroke. Dust, cigarette smoke, pet hair, cleaning chemicals, poor ventilation, and damp conditions all contribute to indoor air pollution. Removing, or at the very least, reducing these pollutants from your home and improving ventilation can help you and your family breathe easier and avoid the long-term health risks associated with pollution.
While the average American may spend around 90% of their time indoors, older people are most likely to spend the majority of their time indoors. Elderly people are particularly vulnerable to the effects of polluted air and they have an increased risk of developing serious health conditions as well as respiratory diseases. If you are concerned about the health and indoor air quality in the home of an elderly loved one, give them the gift of clean, healthy air with a Venta Airwasher. The dual-function humidifier and air purifier will help to reduce the pollutants and allergens in their home. It is a great way to help keep them healthy as they age.
A recent study into airborne particle exposure found a link to incidences of dementia among 2.1 million older people. Meanwhile, some researchers believe they have found a connection between airborne particulate matter and cognitive impairment in older women. One study has found that when older women breathe in heavily polluted air, it almost doubles their risk of developing dementia. The cognitive effects of air pollution were significantly more distinct in older women who carry the genetic variant, APOE-e4, putting them at a greater risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
As research on the link between air pollution and dementia and Alzheimer’s continues, there can be no doubt as to the serious health implications of living with polluted air. While we may not be able to do much about the air outside our homes, we can make a big difference indoors. By reducing pollutants and keeping the home ventilated, we can ensure we, and our families, are breathing in as clean air as possible.
The contents of the Venta blog are intended for informational purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of health and medical professionals. Always refer to your physician or other qualified healthcare professional for questions you may have about your health and wellness.