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Poor indoor air quality is a leading contributor to increased, potentially life threatening, asthma attacks. Air pollution can also increase your susceptibility to infections in the lungs, especially in children.
Poor indoor air quality can cause Cardiovascular Disease and severely increase your risk of heart attacks and stroke. Studies show the most relevant links to cardiovascular morbidity and mortality are the induction of oxidative stress, systemic inflammation, endothelial dysfunction, atherothrombosis, and arrthythmogenesis.
For years COPD has been classed as a smoking related disease, but poor indoor air quality has been proven to be a leading contributor to this condition. The facts show that since the 1980's studies we spend more time indoors with chemical pollutants from gases and solids in our homes leading to poor ventilation aggravating COPD symptoms.
Mostly people would not link Dementia and indoor air quality, but greater exposure to PM2. 5, NO2/NOx and CO are all associated with increased risk of Dementia. Previously the risks have been open to multiple interpretations but evidence is growing to support the links.
Studies to link indoor air quality with strokes, also revealed links to Multiple Sclerosis. A geographical, cultural, race and economic study of two cities showed that in one city where the air pollutants exceeded WHO threshold values concluded 97.4 people per 100k were diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis or MS like symptoms.
Outdoor air quality is a leading factor in Type 2 Diabetes, and often your doctor will focus on diet and exercise when prescribing treatment. Toxic metals found in outdoor and indoor pollutants penetrate the bloodstream exacerbating this condition. Commonly this link is found in more densely populated areas and where poor ventilation is a factor.
There are over 80 auto immune disorders that we know of with studies regularly providing evidence that supports links in these conditions and the quality of the air that we breathe. Our outdoor air quality is regular news on TV, newspapers and social media and is a problem that is currently being dealt with by new stricter laws around emissions, waste management and manufacturing.
Indoor air quality and the studies around the links has no strict legislation in place in the majority of countries around world which is something that Healthy Homes and Beyond IAQ are looking to change. Many effects on our health is linked to poor indoor air quality and can be made so much easier and a better quality of life can be had with simple lifestyle changes, advice and information on how to heat and ventilate our homes and living environment. Healthy Homes and Beyond IAQ can provide you with professional advice around your own conditions and requirements.