A new study undertaken at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health has revealed that air pollution not only leads to respiratory problems in humans, it also increases the risk of osteoporosis by weakening the bones.
The study notes that unfortunately, the risk of bone fractures is greatest in low-income communities as they are more exposed to air pollution. For the study, researchers analyzed osteoporosis-related fracture hospital admissions among 9.2 million people between 2003 and 2010 and found that even a small increase in PM 2.5 concentrations would lead to an increase in bone fractures in older adults.
The study’s authors pointed out that the World Health Organization considers osteoporosis the second leading cause of disability globally after cardiovascular disease.
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