Recent studies have suggested that exposure to air pollution is a major risk factor for dementia by inducing systemic inflammation, especially in the brain.
says Caleb Finch, gerontologist and the leader of USC’s Air Pollution and Brain Disease research network, which has completed many of these new studies. In terms of its effects on our health and welfare, Finch says,
air pollution is just as bad as cigarette smoke.Source: wired.com
A 2018 study followed 130,000 older adults in London, and found that Londoners exposed to the highest levels of air pollution were about one and a half times more likely to develop Alzheimer’s across the study period than their neighbors exposed to the lowest levels.
A 2017 study published in The Lancet followed all adults living in Ontario (roughly 6.5 million people) for over a decade and found that those who lived closer to major high-traffic roads were significantly more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease across the study period, regardless of their health at baseline or socioeconomic status.
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