AIR POLLUTION AND CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE
Your kidneys are among the most powerful regulators and defenses in your body – filtering toxins, maintaining a proper salt, water, and mineral balance in your blood, and doing much more than that.
As they process the blood in the body, anything that impacts circulatory health can often be detected in the kidneys first – or even cause damage there. That’s why the study from UoM showing that environmental pollutants could correlate with higher incidences of chronic kidney disease, or CKD, is cause for alarm.
“Similar to smoking,” says Jennifer Bragg-Gresham, M.S., Ph.D., an epidemiologist and the lead author of the study, “air pollution contains harmful toxins that can directly affect the kidneys.”
More than 27 million Americans are afflicted with CKD, and people with CKD are eight times more likely to die of cardiovascular problems.
Some factors, like diabetes and obesity, contribute to the risk of developing CKD – so at-risk individuals in particular should take precautions to protect against pollution, but unfortunately PM 2.5 is nearly unavoidable.
PROTECTING AGAINST AN EVER-PRESENT THREAT
PM 2.5 is a cocktail of chemicals and other microscopic particles that are light enough to float in the air. Everyday activities put us near these particles all the time, inside and outside. Fire, construction activity, and driving everyday vehicles all produce PM 2.5 outside – but indoors, cooking, burning of candles, and even regular appliance use do too. Over the course of the day we’re exposed to and inhale PM 2.5 from a variety of sources – and these particles can include heavy metals or toxic chemicals.
There’s a way to protect against PM 2.5, however – and ensure that your home is safe from this kind of contaminant. Airocide offers several models that contain not only the powerful, pathogen-destroying PCO technology, but also PM 2.5 filtration. This multi-stage purification removes particulates and destroys irritating, odor-causing VOCs. With an Airocide unit in each area of your home, you can protect your loved ones from pathogens and particulates, and breathe easy – knowing you’ve invested in everyone’s health, now and in the long run.
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