Bel Marra Health Weighs in on Study Showing Air Pollutants May Trigger High Blood Pressure

By: Bel Marra Health | Health News | Thursday, July 07, 2016 - 08:30 AM

BM-logo-Air PollutantsToronto, Canada, July 7, 2016 – Bel Marra Health (www.BelMarraHealth.com), a company offering specially formulated vitamins and nutritional products, is weighing in on a study showing that air pollutants may trigger high blood pressure.

Researchers from the Guangdong Institute of Public Health in China looked at 17 previously published studies involving over 108,000 patients to determine if air pollution played a role in high blood pressure. The results showed that long-term exposure to air pollution may increase the risk of hypertension and high blood pressure, as well as that short-term exposure to some air pollutants can have the same effect. (Source: Cai, Y., et al, “Exposure to Short-Term and Long-Term Ambient Air Pollutants With Hypertension,” American Heart Association Journal, April 5, 2016; http://hyper.ahajournals.org/content/early/2016/05/31/HYPERTENSIONAHA.116.07218)

“High blood pressure is something so many Americans deal with on a daily basis,” says Dr. Victor Marchione, spokesperson for Bel Marra Health. “The known causes are already plenty, including stress, smoking, lack of physical activity, and so many more factors. To know that air pollution could be a possible trigger may influence government policies on air quality control.”

The researchers studied both short- and long-term exposure to sulphur dioxide (SO2), which is a byproduct of burning fossil fuels and particulate matter, and found that there was an association between high blood pressure and short-term exposure. They also found a correlation between high blood pressure and exposure to nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and larger particulate matter.

“Given that air quality it not something that one can easily control, there are other ways that people can limit their exposure to pollution,” Dr. Marchione concludes. “By not smoking, increasing one’s physical activity, and checking the air quality index (AQI) before leaving the house, people can prevent or lower their risk of hypertension.”

The doctors at Bel Marra Health offer their expertise on natural health news, trends, and natural health methods. Learn more about Bel Marra Health at www.BelMarraHealth.com.


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