What environmental factors in Sacramento raise your risk of getting Parkinson’s disease? It’s air pollution. And Sacramento’s heavy air pollution also raises your risk of heart disease and other heart problems if you live near a freeway or any area of heavy traffic.
You’ll see in Sacramento quiet little streets that seem silent, but only a block away is heavy traffic such as living near the bumper-to-bumpter traffic off of Watt Avenue or Marconi or where El Camino Avenue interesects Watt Avenue, or where Howe Avenue meets Fair Oaks Boulevard. The heavy traffic pollutes the air, which then wafts to those silent little streets with private homes and many trees. The trees fool you, making you think you’re safe and out among greenery, perhaps near a creek. Then you’re surprised when the air pollution’s tiny particles get between your cells or into your blood and organs.
The cause of Parkinson’s disease remains unknown, but, according to November 4, 2010 Los Angeles Times article by Mary Forgione, For the Los Angeles Times, “Studies examine environmental factors that may be linked to higher risk of Parkinson’s,” it’s pollutants in various urban areas that may increase the risk.
According to the LA Times article, the Health Notes blog of the Newport News Daily Press reports on a new analysis that identifies high levels of manganese and copper pollution as potential risk factors for some city dwellers. For example, people living in areas with higher levels of manganese pollution had a 78% greater risk of having Parkinson’s than those who didn’t, according to the Washington University in St. Louis report.
It’s not just copper and manganese excesses in the polluted air of some urban areas, but pesticide exposure also raises the risk of getting Parkinson’s disease. And people working on farms, ranches, or in rural areas can get exposure just living out in the country, working on farms, or drinking well water that’s full of pesticides running off of farms.
You might want to find out more about Parkinson’s researach. Michael J. Fox is funding various projects. Fox is the founder of the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research,. The Foundation recently launched a five-year study to identify biomarkers of the progression of Parkinson’s disease.
Michael J. Fox has had Parkinson’s for almost 19 years, since he turned 30. Check out the article reporting how the Chicago Tribune explores one hospital’s participation in the new study in “Northwestern seeks clues to Parkinson’s.”
Also check out the Los Angeles Times’ Greenspace blog which notes that: “Rural residents who drink from private wells are up to twice as likely to develop Parkinson’s from certain pesticides, including methomyl, chlorpyrifos and propargite, according to a recent UCLA. People with Parkinson’s were more likely to have consumed water from private wells, and had done so for 4.3 years longer on average than people who did not have the disease, the study revealed.
Also, if you live in Sacramento near a freeway, (or any other area near a freeway) your risk of heart disease may go up. Check out the article, Study: Living Near Freeway May Be Hard On Heart – wbztv.com.