Air Pollution and the ways in which it affects the human body
In this guide on air pollution iff effects on urban Indians, we cover the following topics:
- Extent of Air Pollution in Indian Cities
- How is Air Pollution Impacting Us?
- How Air Pollution Reduces the Life Span as well as the Quality of Life?
- How Air Pollution Affects Different Organs?
- Health Packages Specifically Designed to Check Impact of Air Pollution
- Cost of Health Package for Air Pollution
- How to Book Pollution Health Check?
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Extent of Air Pollution in Indian Cities
Pollution has become a growing menace throughout the world due to which many people suffer from health related problems. The changing climatic conditions are also a result of the ever-increasing levels of pollution. The worst case scenario is seen in big, metro cities, including Delhi and Mumbai.
The level of pollutants in the air have gone up tremendously high due to burning of waste, emission from industries, factories and vehicles. Even people who are healthy are prone to respiratory problems due to air pollution.
According to survey and statistics, close to 3.3 million people are being killed each year around the globe due to air pollution. Out of 100 most polluted cities in the world, 33 cities are from India itself.
- Delhi: The level of Delhi’s air pollution is 10 times higher than PM 2.5 safety level prescribed as the base level by the WHO. It is also stated that the air quality of Delhi is the most toxic in the world. Road dust causes about 50% of pollution, followed by industries, causing 23% and vehicles causing about 7%.
- Mumbai: Mumbai is ranked as the 5th most polluted city in the world, according to reports by the WHO, World Health Organization. Mumbai recorded five times the safety level of WHO, making it a pollution hit city.
- Tier 2 & 3 cities: Tier 2 cities in India are also not left far behind. Some of the tier 2 cities of India rank high in becoming the world’s most polluted cities. Some of these include Patna, Gwalior, Raipur, Kanpur, Ludhiana, Ahmedabad and many more.
The presence of large industrial areas causes the release of toxic gas in the environment and the increase in number of private vehicles everyday are making the situations worse in metro cities as well as smaller cities for its citizens.
How is air pollution impacting us?
There is a need to understand the growing concern of pollution across the nation to prevent respiratory disorders and the occurrence of other health related disorders in people. Many people in different parts of the country are today facing severe problems due to the deteriorating quality of air present to breathe.
Harmful air pollutants in the atmosphere have an adverse effect on the health of the human beings which further causes asthma and other respiratory diseases.
Below mentioned are some of the problems most commonly seen in people exposed to harmful air conditions:
- Common problems such as pain in the chest, nausea, wheezing & headache
- Chest tightness
- Prolonged respiratory illness
- Aggravated cardiovascular disease
- Decreased lung function
- Respiratory disorders such as bronchitis, asthma and emphysema
Over exposure or prolonged exposure to air pollution can cause the following:
- Heart attacks
- Arrhythmias in people suffering from heart disease, a condition wherein the heart beats in an abnormal or an irregular manner.
- Damage to the body’s immune system as well as the reproductive system
- Reduced life span
How pollution reduces the life span as well as the quality of life?
Talking on a broader perspective, air pollution adds to global warming, which in turn increases the temperature globally and affects human beings all over the world.
Talking on a local perspective, let us understand how pollution reduces the quality of our life and the average human life span.
Air pollution comprises of gases and solid particles. Most of the pollutants present in the air are carcinogenic, (substances which can cause cancer). Now, when we are outdoors and inhaling the air, we are more likely to breathe in the toxic materials, in turn making ourselves at higher risk for diseases like bronchitis and asthma. Due to prolonged exposure to harmful gases, the immune system of the body is also affected, which reduces the body’s natural defense system to act against diseases. The lowering of the immune system functioning makes the body more prone to other diseases such as cardiovascular and cancer. Since the body’s natural defense system is not able to function properly, the life span of the human being starts lessening.
How pollution affects different organs?
Consistent exposure to air containing harmful substances will affect the organs of the human body.
Lungs: Respiratory System
One of the most affected system of the body is the respiratory system. Our body is made to function in a manner wherein we breathe in oxygen and release out carbon dioxide.
However, when we are breathing in an environment where particles of size lesser than 2.5 micrometers are inhaled inside the lungs, causing a damage to one of the most important organ of the body. Thereafter, these particles are transported to the entire body through blood.
Brain: Nervous System
The harmful pollutants when enter the nervous system, made up of the brain, nerves and the spinal cord have shown systems causing Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.
Heart: Circulatory System
Pumping of the human heart is responsible for the transport of nutrients to the entire body through the blood vessels. Talking about one of the common pollutant, Benzene is released during from auto exhausts. This toxin, Benzene, is linked with the cause of cancer.
Other pollutants present in bad quality air include sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide and lead which cause arterial constriction and abnormal heart rhythms.
If higher level of pollutants are inhaled during the pregnancy period by the expecting mother such as ozone and carbon monoxide, it may result into low birth rate or congenital heart disease in the fetus.
Regular exposure to harmful substances present in air (that of bad quality air) affects the different organs of the human body, thereby reducing the overall life span of the human life.
Health Packages Specifically Designed to Check Impact of Air Pollution
There are different types of tests which you can undergo to check the different parts of your body are fine. Moreover, with regular tests, people can come to know at an initial stage if there is a problem and it can be cured as early as possible.
LabsAdvisor.com has developed two pollution check packages. These are specifically designed for urban Indians who live in a polluted environment or commute for a long hours every day. Depending on the cost implications you may choose the complete pollution package or Advance Pollution Package.
The complete pollution package in Delhi consists of the following tests:
- Chest X-ray
- Pulmonary Function Test
- CBC with ECR
- Vitamin D
- Lipid Profile
- Vitamin C
In the advance pollution package, all the above tests are included and additionally Vitamin E test is covered. Since Vitamin E is quite expensive, hence, we decided to create two pollution packages.
Both men and women should undergo these tests to diagnose problem, if any.
These tests help to find out any unusual symptom in the body and if any occurrence is shown, you can get treatment at an early stage. With the ever-increasing levels of pollution throughout the nation, it has become vital to opt for regular blood and body tests done to diagnose the presence of any disease.
The tests covered in the above packages are explained in more detail below.
Chest X-Ray Test:
Through the chest x – ray test, the picture of the chest is clearly seen for presence of any abnormalities or presence of disease in the heart, lungs, blood vessels or bones. Through the chest X – ray, patients can come to know if they are suffering from a collapsed lung, emphysema (a condition which makes it difficult for the person to breathe, usually a long-term disorder), lung cancer or even heart failure.
Pulmonary Function Test:
These are a wide range of tests conducted to basically measure how the lungs of a human body are inhaling and exhaling the air. The test also checks how efficiently oxygen is transferred to the blood. Through the pulmonary function test, it becomes easy to diagnose asthma, lung fibrosis, emphysema (as explained above), asbestosis, chronic bronchitis or lung cancer.
What is the use of above tests to assess impact of pollution on us?
The daily schedule at time makes it difficult for people to opt for regular medical tests. Also the simple attitude of people, ‘what is wrong with us’ can cause maximum amount of trouble. In situations like these, some of the common tests which can help you detect whether your body is functioning properly or not or if the increasing levels of pollution has caused any problem can be diagnosed.
The length of exposure to polluted air is the biggest factor that can cause any kind of health-related problem/ disorder in a human being. The adverse effect of pollution is not only limited to respiratory disorders, but many people are also facing cardiovascular problems, weakening of the immune system and overall reduction in the lifespan.
What is the cost of Pollution package?
The cost of complete pollution package in Delhi / NCR starts at ₹ 5635 and the cost of advance pollution package in Delhi / NCR starts at ₹ 8555. You can click on the links given below to book your tests online at a lab of your choice. You can also call us on 09811166231 for any assistance or booking.
Complete Pollution Package in India
|LabsAdvisor Min. Cost of Pollution Package in India|
|Health Check – Complete Pollution Package Cost in Delhi||₹ 5635|
|Health Check – Advance Complete Pollution Package Cost in Delhi||₹ 10435|
|Health Check – Complete Pollution Package Cost in Noida||₹ 5635|
|Health Check – Advance Complete Pollution Package Cost in Noida||₹ 10435|
|Health Check – Complete Pollution Package Cost in Gurgaon||₹ 5635|
|Health Check – Advance Complete Pollution Package Cost in Gurgaon||₹ 10435|
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