Monday, 6 August 2007

Diesel fumes are deadly to the heart

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Not only are diesel fumes nauseatingly foul smelling, they're bad for you too. A new study shows that those who are regularly exposed to diesel fumes are putting themselves at risk of damaging their arteries. Apparently, small particles in the fumes interact with LDL (Bad) Cholesterol, and can lead to inflammation of the blood vessels, which in turn could lead to blood vessel blockage, which it goes without saying is pretty bad.

This is bad news for truck drivers, who tend to be unhealthy and are exposed to these fumes quite often, but it's not much of a risk for those who aren't exposed to too much diesel. Nonetheless, it's a good reminder to keep your cholesterol down.

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