A recent research was taken out and published by Lancett, in which it stated that residents who preside near busy and loud roads are far more prone to receiving dementia, a brain disorder that affects memory, changes in one’s personality, and impaired reasoning.
According to the study conducted by Lancett, it claims that about 11 percent of residents who have dementia are situated near busy and main roads within a 50m distance, and the results could be due to the heavy traffic.
The study has observed over 2 million citizens in Canada for a time frame of over 11 years, in which they have found that air pollution along with the intense noise and chaotic traffic on roads are directly linked to one’s brain deterioration.
A Misunderstood Claim
Experts who study dementia in the UK stated that although such claims as these require further examination, they don’t seem to be too far away from rational and possible causes for increased dementia cases.
Figures show that there are about 50 million people globally who suffer the mental illness of dementia, and it is still quite uncertain and vague as to what exactly serves as the primary reasons for an individual to receive such a troubling ailment.
Noise Pollution is Real
An expert from Public Health Ontario, Dr. Hong Chen, expressed his own views about this dilemma. Dr. Chen states that as the world’s population dramatically increases, along with the higher demand of automobiles and more congestion on the roads, dementia rates amongst residents has also skyrocketed.
Although more in depth into this research is required, Dr. Chen believes that air pollutants and noise gave greatly contributed to the higher rates of dementia amongst people.
Air pollution already is something to avoid at all costs, but can’t always get too far from, and according to the World Health Organization’s figures, it has revealed that 3 million people die yearly due to pollution in the air.