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how does light pollution affect our physical health?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Sleep interference: It is not clear that light affects physical health. Sun light is good and is needed for vitamin D synthesis in the skin. Excessive light in the bed room may not be desirable, if it interferes with your sleep as that can have ramification for health.

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A 32-year-old member asked:

How does depression affect your physical health?

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Dr. Donald Hazlett
Psychiatry 54 years experience
The short answer is: Significantly, unless you deal early and quickly with depression. Many things can happen to your body when depression runs unchecked. Hypertension, diabetes and other genetic predispositions can show up under the stress of depression it's also true that those predispositions can be kept dormant by limiting as much stress as you can from your daily life. That means treating your depression early.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Should I buy fruits high in water from places with a lot of pollution?

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Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 48 years experience
Your choice?: If i had a choice, i'd want it from an area that was pollution free. However, foods are checked regularly by the usda. If unsafe, they would not be able to sell it. More risks from pesticides if used!
A 37-year-old member asked:

Does air pollution lead to stroke?

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Dr. Michael Chen
Neurology 22 years experience
Not directly: Air pollution takes its toll mostly on the lungs. If it leads to stress, and elevated blood pressure, then the hypertension can contribute to stroke. If it leads to less exercise, then it may contribute to the risk factors that can cause stroke.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Qhy does air pollution cause headaches in some people?

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Dr. Gary Kilgo
Specializes in Neurology
Allergies: Pollution may trigger an allergic response. If the nasal passages respond with swelling and nasal discharge it can lead to a sinus headache. It is important to keep the nasal passages clean by using a saline nasal spray to remove allergens and prevent progression to a sinus infection.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Do you think the world should strive for no air pollution someday?

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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Not likely: That's not a question rightly posed to a medical forum, as it is best discussed under a political or environmental group. However, every doctor would want there to be no pollution for the betterment of the health of their patients and families.

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