Studies Show Pollution Link to Autoimmune Disease 

June 24, 2022

Recent research has shown that the increasing levels of air pollution over the last decade have led to a growing rate of autoimmune diseases, diseases where the immune system has difficulty identifying foreign cells and instead attacks healthy cells within most organs in the body. Whilst there is no exact cause for autoimmune disease, studies have shown that bacteria inhaled from polluted air can have a significant impact on the development of such illnesses.

With indoor and outdoor air quality worsening with the ever-increasing air pollution of today, it’s important to understand how the risk of contracting an autoimmune disease is heightened from this. Pollution comes from vehicle exhausts and industrial output, producing harmful microorganisms which enter our immune system, where they are usually fought off. However, air pollution can create a process within the body called adaptive immunity, a situation where the immune system tries to kill harmful bacteria cells but sometimes misidentifies the cells and actually kills healthy ones. Consequently, this sometimes creates damage to the body in the form of tissue damage and systemic inflammation, both of which can lead to autoimmune disease.

It is believed that just under 1 in 10 people across the world have some form of autoimmune disease, but what can be done to prevent it? The statistics show that this disease is more commonly identified in women, with around 80% of Americans who have the disease being of this gender. Of course, the disease will happily infect anybody, and as 92% of the world’s population lives in highly polluted areas, this is a situation which should not be ignored. Studies have shown that exposure to air pollution has increased the risk of rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, and connective tissue disease by 40%, 20%, and 15% respectively. 

A solution to this may seem simple, such as wearing face masks outside or staying indoors as much as possible, but the truth is indoor air can be as harmful as outdoor air; pollutants circulate through buildings as soon as a window or door is open. Ultimately, we need to ensure the air we spend most of our time surrounded by is as clean as possible.

KSG Health is the UK distributor of Genano air purifiers, that have the ability to filter air particles down to 0.000001mm size whilst removing viruses and bacteria from the air. With people typically spending most of their time indoors for leisure or work, Genano purifiers can ensure the cleanest air by removing such harmful particles, ultimately helping reduce the risk of polluted air damaging the immune system and reducing the overall risk of autoimmune disease. 

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