London. Air pollution can not only affect the lung, but also cause damage to all organs and promote the emergence of diseases such as diabetes, dementia, cancer, osteoporosis, fertility problems and in children, according to experts.
Recent research has warned that contaminants present in the environment are causing inflammation that is then spreading through the body, except that ultrafine particles are transported through the body through the bloodstream.
"Air pollution can cause intense and chronic damage that can potentially affect all body organs," The Guardian, the International Forum of the Breathing Societies, said.
The studies carried out by the Forum add to the "great evidence we already have, there are over 70,000 scientific articles that show that air pollution affects our health," said Dr Maria Neira, Director of Public Health and Environmental Protection, the World Health Organization (WHO) .
Air pollution represents "emergency public health care", with more than 90 percent of the world's population that inhales toxic air, warned the World Health Organization.
However, since the effect of various contaminants in different diseases has not yet been determined, it is considered that damage to the heart and lungs would be only "the summit of the iceberg", published The Guardian.
According to Professor Dean Schraufnagel, of the University of Illinois, Chicago, who led the International Forum on Respiratory Societies, the main cause of widespread damage caused by air pollution is "systemic inflammation".
"The immune cells can believe that the (contamination particles) are bacteria, and then go after it and try to kill it by releasing enzymes and acids," explained the expert.
"These inflammatory proteins spread throughout the body, affecting the brain, kidneys, pancreas, etc. In an evolutionary sense, the body has developed to defend against infections, not contamination," he added.
As a result, pollution can cause, in addition to respiratory and cardiovascular diseases, a number of conditions such as stroke, dementia, various types of cancer, skin and bone problems, infertility, and fetal and child damage in general. .