A recent study conducted over the female population in India noted that women who have higher exposure to heightened pollution levels are at a significantly enhanced risk of being affected by hypertension. This research, which was published in the popular journal named Epidemiology, studied around 5531 adults belonging to 28 different peri-urban villages by Hyderabad City.
The author of the study, Ariadna Curto from the Barcelona Institute of Global Health in Spain, stated that women tend to spend a significant amount of time close to their households. This is around 83 percent of daily time in comparison to the 57 percent time spent by men. This easily explains why the researchers observed a massive association in the women population as opposed to men.
For this study, the team measured the diastolic and systolic blood pressure of all the participants while estimating their annual exposure when living in their residence to the fine-variant of particulate matter (PM2.5) as well as the black carbon.
Further in the study, the participants were to answer a survey which helped the scientists determine their lifestyle, socio-economic status, as well as household characteristics. This included the cooking fuel type used by the participants like clean or biomass.