Experts say they found the highest number of microplastics in the lower lungs. This is, according to them, surprising. They explained that the airways in the lower lungs are narrower, so they expect microplastics to either be trapped or be filtered away.
The study noted that there is an “increasing concern” in ingesting or inhaling microplastics.
The Discovery Isn’t Surprising, But It Remains Concerning
Considering people use plastics everyday, the result of the study about microplastic particles in blood and lungs isn’t surprising. However, it’s still worrying.
A study has shown that microplastic particles can deform our cells and affect their function. Some experts likewise believe that it’s possible for microplastics to be “transported” to our organs.
At this point, we need further research to determine the effects of microplastics in the human body. In the meantime, we can try to reduce our exposure to microplastics.
How to Avoid Microplastics
EcoWatch, which is a “a community of experts publishing quality, science-based content on environmental issues, causes, and solutions for a healthier planet and life” recommend the following steps to avoid microplastics:
- Avoid using plastics to microwave foods.
- Stop using plastic water bottles.
- As much as possible, steer clear of plastic cups and plastic-lined plates.
- Check your cosmetics; some of them also contain microplastic particles.
- Tea? Use loose tea leaves instead of tea bags.
It may not be possible to completely eliminate the use of plastics in our life, but these might help reduce the potential harm of microplastics in the body.
A recent study found that out of 22 blood samples from healthy adult volunteers, 17 had microplastic particles. The most common microplastics the researchers found were PET (usually found in plastic water bottles) and PS (common in plastic food packaging). Another study revealed that some lung tissues from living patients also have microplastics,
We still don’t know the full effects of microplastic particles in human health, but one study noted that they can deform cells and influence their function. For this reason it may be best to limit our exposure to plastics as much as possible.
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