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Health & Fit Using This One Common Cleaning Ingredient Could Increase Your Risk of Lung Disease

18:41  13 september  2017
18:41  13 september  2017 Source:   rd.com

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A 30-year study by Harvard University and the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (Inserm) found that those who used disinfectant products just once a week had up to a 32 percent increased chance of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). COPD makes it difficult to breathe due to narrowed or blocked airways. Patients develop the disease over time as irritants—such as tobacco smoke—aggravate their airways and damage the fibers in their lungs, according to WebMD. These are the silent signs you could have COPD and not know it.

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In 2009, the researchers analyzed data from a massive 1989 study on 55,000 female U.S. nurses and specifically followed those who were still nurses and who had no history of COPD until May 2016. They also used a questionnaire to evaluate the nurses’ exposure to disinfectants, as well as other factors such as age, weight, and ethnicity.

The study associated specific chemicals in disinfecting cleaners, as well as the particular tasks that involved frequent exposure to disinfectants, with a 22 to 32 percent increased risk of developing the disease. There are currently no health guidelines in place for these common cleaning products, but the researchers now emphasize the need to do so. If you’re worried you may be at risk, these exercises can prevent COPD and build healthier lungs.

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Recent research finds a link between health care workers using chemical cleaners once weekly and an increased risk of progressive chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases such as emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Bleach is one of the ingredients with links to lung disease

Regular use of disinfectants is believed to cause asthma, as well. 'The potential adverse effects of exposure to disinfectants on COPD have received much less attention, although two recent studies in European populations showed that working as a cleaner was associated with a higher risk of COPD,' said Inserm researcher Orianne Dumas. 'To the best of our knowledge, we are the first to report a link between disinfectants and COPD among healthcare workers, and to investigate specific chemicals that may underlie this association.'

Translation? It’s time to rethink the way you sanitize your surfaces. Since bleach may not be your best bet, try these 15 chemical-free ways to clean your home.

[Source: The Guardian]

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