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Using the UK biobank data, our results found a positive association between air pollution (PM2.5) and mental disorders including nerves, anxiety, tension, or depression; and this association was larger in women. Moreover, we found a negative association between road traffic noise and major depression, but a positive association for bipolar disorder.
Association of Noise Pollution and Cardiometabolic Disease
Aims: To study the associations between noise pollution and cardiometabolic risk, and the roles of mental health and sleep quality in those associations.
Scientific rationale: The causes of cardiometabolic disease are complex and still not fully studied. Therefore, it is important to identify modifiable risk factors of cardiometabolic disease. Noise pollution is a common and under-recognized health risk. Traffic noise exposure is linked to cardiometabolic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, arterial hypertension, myocardial infarction, and stroke. However, the underlying mechanisms are not yet well understood.
Project duration: 24 month
Public health impact: Our research will clarify the associations between noise pollution and cardiometabolic disease, and the roles of mental health and sleep quality using this large cohort of UK biobank. The findings may help to build evidence-based strategies to reduce the burden of cardiometabolic disease.