Common Air Pollution Leads to Increased Blood Pressure in Teens

  • March 8, 2023

A new study published in PLOS One  found that exposure to air pollution increases the risk of high blood pressure among teens. The research, conducted in India, analyzed data from more than 2,600 adolescents aged 11-17 and their parents or guardians.

After controlling for age, gender and other factors, researchers found that those who lived in areas with higher levels of air pollution were more likely to have elevated blood pressure readings compared to those living in less polluted areas. The findings suggest that air pollution can directly impact young people’s cardiovascular health and increase their risk of developing heart disease later in life. The study also calls attention to the need for better enforcement of environmental regulations around the world in order to protect vulnerable populations from the health risks associated with air pollution. 

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