Does Living near Busy Roads Develop Dementia?
During my time in the monastery, I closely associated with many great Buddhist masters and one thing I noticed about these wise men was that you would almost never find an elderly monk with dementia! The same can be said for depression, Alzheimer’s and the host of other mental illnesses that modern society seems to be plagued with.
According to studies and statistics, 1 out of every 3 people above the age of 65 will develop dementia. Those are high odds for what was once a rare medical condition. So, the fact that there is a community of people in the monastery that defies these statistics drawn up by experts certainly proves that it takes more than just good luck or genes.
This article that explains how one’s risk of developing dementia increases when living near busy roads gives some reasoning for the curious case of elderly, mentally-sprightly monks. After all, unlike the masses, monks live a very quiet life in the monastery, far away from the city. Moreover, they engage in potent meditation and visualization practices, acknowledged by researchers for their potential to delay mental degeneration associated with age. We can see more and more living in urban city areas is very dangerous to health with the constant massive carbon emissions, lack of fresh air and being surrounded by a artificial environment. Long term it cannot be healthy.
Read this article; it is by knowing more about what potentially awaits us 10 or 20 years down the road that we will be inspired to take preventive measures. I hope that more people will take the time to engage in meditation and retreats, practices that have two-fold benefits: for our spirituality and for our mental well-being.
Scientists Link Dementia Risk to Living near Busy Roads
People living near busy roads have a higher chance of developing dementia, according to researchers in Canada.
Study suggests air pollutants that can get into the brain via the blood stream can lead to neurological problems.
A study published in The Lancet medical journal on Thursday found that people who lived within 50 metres of high-traffic roads had a 7.0-percent higher chance of developing dementia compared to those who lived more than 300 metres away from busy roadways.
“Air pollutants can get into the blood stream and lead to inflammation, which is linked with cardiovascular disease and possibly other conditions such as diabetes,” said Ray Copes, an environmental and occupational health expert at Public Health Ontario (PHO) who conducted the study with colleagues from Canada’s Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences.
“This study suggests air pollutants that can get into the brain via the blood stream can lead to neurological problems.”
The study, led by Hong Chen from Public Health Ontario, found that long-term exposure to two common pollutants, nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and fine particulates, were associated with dementia but did not account for the full effect.
Chen’s team analysed records of more than 6.5 million Ontario residents aged 20 to 85 and found 243,611 cases of dementia between 2001 and 2012.
Then they mapped residents’ proximity to major roadways using postal codes.
The increase in the risk of developing dementia went down to 4.0 percent if people lived 50 to 100 metres from major traffic, and to 2.0 percent if they lived within 101 to 200 metres.
At more than 200 metres, the elevated risk faded away.
The team also explored links between living close to major roads and Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis, two other major neurological disorders, but the findings suggested no increased risk of these from living near heavy traffic.
The scientists said their results could be used to help town and city planners take traffic conditions and air pollution into account as urban areas become more densely populated.
Dementia is caused by brain diseases, most commonly Alzheimer’s disease, which result in the loss of brain cells and affect memory, thinking, behaviour, navigational and spatial abilities and the ability to perform everyday activities.
The World Health Organization estimated the number of people with dementia in 2015 at 47.5 million, and that total is rising rapidly as life expectancy increases and societies age.
The incurable condition is a leading cause of disability and dependency, and is starting to overtake heart disease as a cause of death in some developed countries.
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