Miscellaneous Health Consequences of Air Pollution

Updated Dec. 15, 2108

* Immune suppression, inflammatory bowel disease, bacterial and viral infections, lupus, juvenile arthritis, infant mortality, sleep apnea, obesity are elevated in populations exposed to more air pollution.

*Air pollution can induce liver toxicity, accelerate liver inflammation and steastosis.

*Air pollution causes systemic oxidative stress, triggers the inflammatory chemical cascade, endothelial cell death, cytotoxicity, macrophage infiltration, and increases lipid deposition. Particulate matter penetrates intracellular structures.

* Air pollution accelerates the aging process and shortens the lengths of telomeres even in newborns. *Air pollution increases infant mortality and SIDS

* Wood smoke is uniquely toxic, the most toxic type of air pollution that most people are ever exposed to.

*Air pollution accelerates the age related reduction in kidney function

*Osteoporosis is associated with air pollution

*Lead exposure (common in urban air pollution) is associated with significant increased adult mortality primarily related to cardiovascular disease.