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Diseases that have greatly increased due to environmental damage


On the occasion of World Environment we talk to you about some diseases that are directly related to the environmental changes that the planet is undergoing.

The rising temperatures and pollution, as well as the introduction of allergens into our daily lives. is leading to a significant increase in the number of consultations on pathologies that were previously irrelevant.

What diseases can be linked to the environment? Many ailments could be associated with the damage we are causing to the planet. While no direct cause can be demonstrated for most of them, the evidence speaks for itself.It is more than likely that you have heard more than once about the zoonoses, is it not? If we are experiencing a pandemic like COVID-19, it is precisely because of the leap from an animal virus to the human system.

The changes that ecosystems are undergoing lead their inhabitants to try to adapt in the best way possible in order to survive. This is true for animals, for people, but also for pathogens. Viruses and bacteria that previously did not need to look for new hosts are now forced to mutate in order to continue to thrive in other organisms.

Major diseases caused by environmental damage

If we were to list the health problems that have increased the most in relation to the changes that the environment is experiencing, we would undoubtedly focus on two major groups, zoonotic and infectious diseases. allergies. These are set out below: 

  • Lyme disease. It is one of the great silent epidemics of the 21st century. Its incidence has increased dramatically as a result of human intervention in the natural world. It is usually transmitted to humans through the bite of ticks, which act as a vector and introduce the bacteria into the body. Early detection of tick-borne Lyme is essential to minimise the damage it can cause. Although it does not seem to be a problem, as it is treated with antibiotics, its symptoms are so varied that they can go unnoticed for years.
  • Asthma. It is another of the pathologies that have grown the most in this globalised world in which we live. The poor quality of the air we breathe is causing a large number of cases of this respiratory problem. A particular incidence is being observed in young children and the elderly.
  • Allergies. Both those caused by environmental toxins and those caused by pollen are on the rise. Changes in ecosystems, the introduction of non-native species, pollution and industrialisation are the main factors leading to an increase in allergy cases. These are mainly respiratory allergies. However, skin and other types of rashes should not be ruled out.
  • Other respiratory diseases caused by poor air quality, such as COPD, emphysema and other difficulties in breathing normally.
  • Cancer. Undoubtedly, this terrible disease is one of the most prevalent due to human intervention on the planet. From the destruction of the ozone layer to toxins in tissues and food, all are man-made factors.
  • Neurological problems various.

As you can see, many of the ailments we suffer from today could have been prevented with awareness and care of our health. environment enough. Although some damage has already been done, it is up to us to take care of the planet and prevent the further increase of evils such as the Lyme or other zoonoses that may endanger our species. If you are interested in finding out more about how to prevent or protect yourself from these pathologies, please contact us.

Mariano Bueno

Dr. Mariano Bueno and his team

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