Diesel bad for bones

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS -

BREATH­ING in diesel fumes may in­crease the risk of brit­tle bone dis­ease among the el­derly, re­search sug­gests.

A US study of nine mil­lion peo­ple found even small in­creases in air pol­lu­tion led to an in­crease in os­teo­poro­sis and bone frac­tures.

Re­searchers at New York’s Columbia Uni­ver­sity are the first to link emis­sions to bone health. The paper, pub­lished in The Lancet med­i­cal jour­nal, fo­cused on ex­po­sure to mi­cro­scopic sooty par­ti­cles linked to old diesel cars in par­tic­u­lar.

Smok­ing is known to have a sim­i­lar im­pact.

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