You probably know that asbestos fibers are dangerous, but you probably didn’t know how much you really knew.
A new study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine suggests that many people do not know how asbestos is found in their bodies, and they may not know that it’s a major contributor to the respiratory illness known as acute bronchitis.
The study also found that those who were more educated about asbestos may have a lower rate of developing the disease.
“We found that people who are less educated about the health effects of asbestos may not be aware of the role that asbestos plays in the development of acute bronchiectasis,” said lead researcher John R. Dye, M.D., Ph.
D. “For this reason, the increased awareness about asbestos that has occurred over the last decade may not only lead to a reduction in the overall prevalence of acute respiratory disease, but also may decrease the risk of developing chronic diseases related to asbestos exposure.”
Dye and colleagues surveyed more than 12,000 adults from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) in 1999 and 2000, and then asked them questions about their current health status and history of chronic diseases, including asthma, COPD, COPP, chronic bronchiolitis, COPS, and asthma.
The researchers used data from NHANES to analyze how asbestos was found in people’s bodies, including what percentage of the total body was asbestos-containing.
“What we found was that more educated people were less likely to have any history of any chronic disease related to exposure to asbestos,” Dye said.
“What’s more, they were less able to say how many days they had been exposed to asbestos in the past year.”
This suggests that, despite being more educated, they may have less awareness of the importance of asbestos exposure in their daily lives.
“Researchers then calculated the average number of days of exposure to the most commonly found asbestos fibers in the body, including asbestos fibers that were found in hair, nails, and skin, as well as the fibers that appeared in skin.
They also used the numbers of days per year, from age 10 through age 85, for people who had never been exposed, and the number of years per year that they had lived.”
In a separate study published this year in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Dye and his colleagues looked at the extent to which people with chronic bronchiection have a history of asthma, and compared their levels of asthma to the percentage of their total body that was asbestos fibers. “
The average person’s asbestos exposure was about one to four days per month, and it’s been estimated that the average person who is currently living in the United States has been exposed for between 12 and 16 years.”
In a separate study published this year in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Dye and his colleagues looked at the extent to which people with chronic bronchiection have a history of asthma, and compared their levels of asthma to the percentage of their total body that was asbestos fibers.
“In addition, we looked at people who were exposed to more than one type of asbestos,” he said.
The results of the study showed that those with a history in the family of asthma or COPD were about three times more likely to be exposed to high levels of asbestos.
In addition to asbestos, the researchers also examined how asbestos fibers were distributed in the lungs, and found that the most common types of asbestos fibers found in the respiratory tract included fibers that are found in asbestos dust, fibers that form during the manufacture of asbestos insulation, and fibers that have the ability to absorb and release asbestos fibers when exposed to air.
The authors noted that these types of fibers were most likely to form when asbestos fibers form on the surface of the lungs or are trapped in the lining of the lung cavity.
“These types of contaminants are likely to become a source of asbestos disease in people with COPD,” Dyes said.
Researchers found that about 30 percent of people who lived in the U.S. in 2000 were asbestos-exposed, and those who lived outside of the country had a slightly higher percentage of people with asbestos-related diseases.
Those who lived with asbestos in their homes also had a higher rate of asbestos-associated diseases.
While many of the health problems associated with asbestos exposure have been linked to its ability to produce lung cancer, a study published earlier this year found that even those who had been diagnosed with COPC were at a higher risk of having a high rate of COPD in their lifetime.
The findings suggest that exposure to a high percentage of asbestos can have adverse effects on the immune system, which could contribute to the development and progression of COPC.