The researchers specifically observed the health and wellbeing of over 6000 people over the course of twenty years. Curiously, the researchers found a trend among those who worked ascleanersthroughout their lifetime.
They found that those who cleaned professionally, that is to say, cleaned daily, saw a significant decline in lung function when compared to their non-cleaner counterparts. Furthermore, women were much more likely to be affected by these problems than men.
The culprit of all these lung problems:cleaning products.‘We feared that such chemicals, by steadily causing a little damage to the airways day after day, year after year, might accelerate the rate of lung function decline that occurs with age’, stated Cecile Svanes, author of the study.
The extended exposure to dangerous products has already been confirmed to lead to an increased risk of asthma by 43%.
‘When you think of inhaling small particles from cleaning agents that are meant for cleaning the floor and not your lungs, maybe it is not so surprising after all’, co-author Øistein Svanes explains.
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