Traffic noise has become one of the UK's most significant urban health threats - Centre Research findings

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Centre research has been key in uncovering that 'Traffic noise has become one of the UK's most significant urban health threats, increasing the prevalence of heart disease, stroke and even diabetes, according to new research from universities, including Oxford and Imperial College'. To read more on the Sunday Times piece, please click here. 

 

Dr Samuel Cai, of Imperial College London, was quoted explaining that the results of a study had 'found long-term exposure to road traffic noise may worsen our blood biochemistry profiles to [raise the risk of] heart disease in the future'. 

Air pollution is a now commonly known associative risk of living in urban dwellings that have high number of auto-vehicles which are diesel powered, but this study's findings was helpful in outlining the correlation between the by-product of noise and increased cardio incidence. For instance, people who had sleep patterns interrupted by traffic noise suffered from an increase in stress hormones - for a city living based population this is something which is not always possible to avoid. 

Noise pollution caused as a result of traffic, therefore, could prove to be just as detrimental to human health and is an associative which could now be focussed on in an effort to reduce risk. 

A link to the original article published on this study can be found here.