You Might Be More Susceptible to Premature Death If You Live Near Heavy Traffic, New Research Finds

You Might Be More Susceptible to Premature Death If You Live Near Heavy Traffic, New Research Finds

Here’s one sad aspect of life that each and every one of us has to cope with: we will all die someday. We just have to do our best for death to occur as late in life as possible, but sometimes, that can be a very difficult challenge as well.

New York University researchers found out that you are more likely to die prematurely if you live near heavy traffic, as reveals. While it may surely sound incredible, there is a pretty good explanation. In a nutshell, it has to do with pollution and access to health services. Sounds pretty reasonable now, right? 

You may be 20% more likely to die

If you meet the ‘requirements’ mentioned above, the new research says that you may have a 20% higher chance of dealing with premature death in a maximum of 14 years. The most probable and possible cause of death is represented by cardiovascular disease.

Dr. Rajesh Vedanthan, the senior author of the new study who also works as a cardiologist at the NYU Langone Health, explains more, as quotes:

Our study highlights the role key environmental factors of indoor/outdoor air pollution, access to modern health services, and proximity to noisy, polluted roadways play in all causes of death and deaths from cardiovascular disease in particular,

Our findings help broaden the disease-risk profile beyond age and traditional personal risk factors.

The same research suggests that those who are dealing with an excessive amount of air pollution might be at a 17 percent higher risk of stroke and heart attacks.

The new research assessed the data of 50,000 individuals from Iran starting in 2004.

It is known, thanks to other studies, that every year pollution kills about 100,000 sea mammals and more than 1 million seabirds across the world.

The new study was published in PLoS ONE.


Even since he was a child, Cristian was staring curiously at the stars, wondering about the Universe and our place in it. Today he's seeing his dream come true by writing about the latest news in astronomy. Cristian is also glad to be covering health and other science topics, having significant experience in writing about such fields.

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