working the soil increases the risk of heart disease

Pollutants in the soil could have a detrimental effect on the cardiovascular system, several researchers have warned. Be careful, therefore, if you are a gardener, caution is in order.

Note to gardeners. If working the soil would allow many people to escape, to be far from the worries of everyday life, this activity could also be harmful to our health, according to a new study whose conclusions have been published in Cardiovascular Research and relayed by the Sun. According to several scientists, pollutants in the soil could have an “adverse effect on the cardiovascular system”, leading to an increased risk of heart disease.

Concretely, soil pollutants are composed of heavy metals, pesticides and plastics. People who work in agriculture and chemical industries are most at risk, but the general public could also be exposed by ingesting contaminated food or water.

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Wear a face mask

Faced with this most alarming finding, they therefore recommend wearing a face mask in the event that gardeners are in close contact with the soil. As Professor Münzel reminds us, we are rarely exposed to a single toxic agent. More studies are therefore needed to understand the combined effect of several soil pollutants on cardiovascular disease.

According to figures released by experts at the University Medical Center in Mainz, Germany, air, water and soil pollution are responsible for at least nine million deaths every year. And according to their data, more than 60% of pollution-related deaths are due to heart problems such as strokes, heart attacks, heart rhythm disorders and chronic ischemic heart disease.

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