Poor Communities May Face Higher Exposure To Toxins, Research Suggests

Poor Communities May Face Higher Exposure To Toxins, Research Suggests

Poor communities may face higher exposure to toxins, research suggests. This new study analyzes how and why people with lower incomes are most likely to have exposure to toxins.

The toxic pollution in the environment directly affects human health. This environmental change caused by specific polluters affects the world’s poor.

Scientists reveal that environmental pollution is a key factor of causing health issues among people living in low and middle income countries.

Past studies have noted that environmental pollution was an effecting factor for higher-income countries. But now this has changed. The new findings are published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.

Dr. William A. Suk — from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences — and his co-authors say that 94% of premature deaths due to environmental pollution are found in low and middle income countries.  The researchers report that exposure to toxic chemicals is damaging the health of the poorest people in several countries.

Dr. Suk and his co-authors point out that chemical manufacturing often releases thousands of toxic chemicals and pesticides into the environment. These chemicals can lead to some chronic health conditions including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, hypertension, and obesity.

A new study now appears in the journal Diabetes Care.

“So, to the extent that power is structured by and rooted in the same racist ideologies that made colonization of a particular society possible, then we can link the ongoing histories of colonialism with toxic exposure for groups that have been historically marginalized in a society,” Dr. Kay Jowers — a senior policy associate at the Nicholas Institute of Duke University in Durham, NC — said.