Air pollution can not only affect the lungs, but also cause damage to all organs and promote the emergence of diseases such as diabetes, dementia, cancer, osteoporosis, fertility problems and children, according to experts.
Recent studies have warned that pollutants present in the environment cause inflammation, which then spreads through the body, in addition to the ultra-fine particles that are transported to the body through the bloodstream.
"Air pollution can cause intense and chronic injuries that could potentially affect all organs of the body," the Guardian International Airways Forum quoted.
The studies conducted by the Forum add "the great evidence we already have has more than 70,000 scientific articles that show that air pollution affects our health," said Dr. Maria Neira, Director of Public and Environmental Health of the World Health Organization (WHO).
Air pollution is an "emergency for public health", with more than 90% of the world's population breathing toxic air, the WHO warned.
However, since the impact of different pollutants on different conditions has not yet been established, damage to the heart and lungs will be considered to be the "tip of the iceberg," The Guardian reports.
According to Professor Dean Schraufnagel of the University of Illinois in Chicago and head of studies at the International Respiratory Forum, the main cause of the widespread damage caused by air pollution is "systemic inflammation."
"Immune cells can believe that one (pollutant particle) is a bacterium, then they follow and try to kill it by releasing enzymes and heartburns," said the specialist.
"These inflammatory proteins spread throughout the body, affecting the brain, the kidneys, the pancreas, etc. In an evolutionary way, the body evolved to protect itself from infections rather than from contamination," he adds.
As a result, in addition to respiratory and heart disease, pollution can cause multiple conditions such as stroke, dementia, various types of cancer, skin and bone problems, infertility, as well as damage to fetuses and children in general. ,