Metabolic-associated fatty liver disease has become a growing risk among the world’s population as more and more people are getting it.

Research has revealed a link between fatty liver disease and long-term exposure to air pollutionThough fatty liver disease is often caused by lifestyle factors such as drinking, diet, and weight, research has revealed that air pollutants can contribute as well.

Studies showed that breathing in air pollutants can heighten a person’s risk of developing the disease, making long-term exposure to air pollution a serious concern.

Four different types of air pollutants were specifically dangerous, especially when breathed together. 

“Residence-specific levels of air pollutants, including particulate matter with aerodynamic diameters of ≤1 μm (PM1), ≤2.5 μm (PM2.5), and ≤10 μm (PM10), and nitrogen dioxide (NO2), were estimated by validated spatiotemporal models,” according to Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology news.

The research was conducted in China, where there is a high concentration of air pollutants that many people are frequently exposed to. The air pollution made it much more likely for an individual to get this liver condition, especially if they already had unhealthy lifestyle habits such as drinking alcohol, smoking, not exercising, and eating an unhealthy diet.

The researchers proposed that air pollution should be considered a risk factor for MAFLD, especially in those already at risk.

This is yet another health side effect of being exposed to air pollution, as it is also linked to other conditions such as asthma, depression, and heart conditions.

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