Smoke from cars can affect women’s health more than men’s, according to a new study. The study, which was done at the University of Manitoba, found that diesel evaporation raises levels of proteins that are linked to heart disease.
The experiment was carried out on three different occasions a month using smoke containing three different diesel amounts.
In both sexes, researchers observed changes in blood components linked to inflammation, infection and heart disease, but women were found to have an increase in the levels of proteins that harden the arteries.
This may increase the chances of a heart attack or stroke, although more research is needed to confirm this.
Professor Niloufer Mukherjee of the University of Manitoba and co-author of the study said that these are preliminary results. However, these results show that diesel smoke has different effects on women.
The findings were presented at the European Respiratory Society International Congress in Barcelona.
For this new study, 10 people, including five women and five men, were selected who did not smoke cigarettes. In the study, they were asked to breathe smoke for four hours at a time, but before that they spent four hours in clean air.