Side effects of air pollution on women’s health

Simran Arora, Times Now Digital

Feb 23, 2023

Backed by studies

Air pollution is known to take a toll on respiratory health and that is backed by several studies. However, studies and research work also sheds light on the possible effects of it on overall health.

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Effect on women

Air pollution, as per a study by scientists at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, high levels of air pollution can result in deterioration of bones in postmenopausal women.

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Bone deterioration in women

The effects of air pollution in postmenopausal women were visible in the lumbar spine where nitrous oxide levels were twice as destructive as they are in normal ageing.

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Breast cancer

The toxic particles of pollution can enter the body through various sources and spread carcinogens in several parts, such as the breasts thereby resulting in breast cancer – the most common form of the disease in metropolitan women.

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It is advised to protect a pregnant woman from air pollution as the pollutants can cause severe complications such as miscarriage or premature birth.

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Studies show that severe air quality can cause distress in people, especially women –thereby raising suicide rates.

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Heart attack risk

Toxic pollutants can enter the bloodstream and even result in the narrowing of arteries thereby raising heart attack risk.

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Chemicals and carcinogens can enter women’s body and increase the risk of dysmenorrhea – a condition which affects the menstrual cycles and causes severe period cramps.

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