, traffic-related air
pollution, otherwise known as TRAP, has
been proven to impact the brain metabolism of children on constant exposure.
While this is the first-of-its-kind
research which links traffic-related air
pollution with anxiety disorders among
adolescents, it is enough to help elucidate the impact of air pollution on
mental health,especially on young
The main objective of this
research survey was to find the relation between various childhood anxiety
disorders and TRAP. As per the study
results, vehicular air pollution caused a drastic increase in the levels of myo-inositol, a carbolic sugar found in our
brain which helps in osmoregulation and also mediates cell signal transduction
in our body. This can lead to a change in the overall neurochemistry resulting
in anxiety issues and a host of other mental disorders.
This research study was conducted
on around 145 adolescent participants of around
12years of age. The participants were subjected to
magnetic resonance spectroscopy to assess the levels of myo-inositol, creatine, choline, glutathione, N-acetylaspartate, glutamate plus glutamine, and
glutamate in the anterior cingulate cortex. Their corresponding anxiety levels
were also observed using the SpenceChildren’s Anxiety Scale and recorded.
Researchers accounted for the exposure to vehicular pollution during infancy
till 12 months prior to this magnetic resonance spectroscopy imaging by means
of linear regression and a bootstrapping approach.
So what were they looking for
exactly? Researchers were looking for an alteration in the neurochemistry,and a possible increase in the mentioned
hormones in the cortex,and that is
exactly what they found. After exposure to vehicular pollution, there was a
significant increase in the levels of myo-inositol. The levels varied based on
the amount and frequency of exposure (participants with high exposure had a significant change in the myo-inositol levels
compared to the latter).
Also, the ones with elevated
levels of myo-inositol were also found to have generalized anxiety symptoms,and around 12% of the symptoms were getting
mediated with the elevated myo-inositol levels. Through this research conducted
by the Department of Environmental Health, University of Cincinnati, it has
become clear that there is a significant impact of TRAP on the mental health of
children that can also have detrimental impact on their overall growth and
So air pollution is just not about respiratory disorders and physical ailments. It damages us from the inside causing mental disorders as well. It is time to step up and be the change. Know the air you breathe and make informed choices. Invest in our air quality monitors now.
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