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What Do Air Filters Have to Do With Your Blood Pressure?

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  • Indoor air pollution is responsible for an increased risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, lung conditions and cognitive decline
  • Data from a recent study demonstrates using an air purifier may improve your blood pressure measurements to a degree similar to what could be achieved with lifestyle changes
  • Consider strategies to reduce your exposure to air pollution, including using an air purifier, keeping your car windows closed and recirculating air in heavy traffic, opening your home windows for 15 minutes each day and eating whole foods rich in anti-inflammatory antioxidants to reduce the impact pollution has on your health

By Dr. Mercola

In a study published in The Lancet, researchers called air pollution the "largest environmental cause of disease and premature death in the world today." More than 9 million premature deaths were caused by air pollution in 2015, nearly 16 percent of deaths worldwide. This was three times more deaths than attributed to tuberculosis, malaria and AIDS combined.

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