Effect of air pollution on blood pressure, blood lipids, and blood sugar: A population-based approach

Kai Jen Chuang, Yuan Horng Yan, Tsun Jen Cheng

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Abstract

Objective: To investigate changes in blood pressure, lipids, and sugar associated with changes in exposure to ambient air pollution. Methods: We conducted secondary analyses of blood pressure and biochemistry markers from Taiwanese Survey on Prevalence of Hyperglycemia, Hyperlipidemia, and Hypertension and air pollution monitoring data in 2002 by applying generalized additive models. Results: We observed increased particulate matter with aerodynamic diameters <10 μm was associated with elevated systolic blood pressure (an interquartile range, 34 μg/m, for 0.47 mmHg; 95% CI, -0.09 to 1.02), triglyceride, apolipoprotein B, hemoglobin A1c, and reduced high-density lipoprotein cholesterol. Elevated ozone was associated with increased diastolic blood pressure, apolipoprotein B, and hemoglobin A1c. Conclusions: Alterations of atherosclerotic indicators are associated with particulate matter with aerodynamic diameters <10 μm and ozone changes. This might provide a link between air pollution and progression of atherosclerotic cardiovascular diseases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)258-262
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Volume52
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2010
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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