Most us of care a lot about our well-being. We're always in search for ways to improve our health and overall quality of life, but what if I told you that there is a silent killer lurking in your home and you probably never even noticed.
We're all familiar with warnings on the bottles of chemically formulated household cleaning products, right? In addition to reminding us that they're flammable, the label almost always urges us to be cautious about their toxicity, especially when ingested.
This warning is usually about the instant side effects the product could have on our bodies if it were to enter our system, but did you know these cleaning products can also have some terrible long-term effects on our health?
A new study published in the American Thoracic Society's American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine analyzed the health of over 6,200 individuals over the course of 20 years, and the results are alarming.
Researchers discovered that there is a strong correlation between deteriorating lung function and cleaning products. Apparently, those who regularly used cleaning products had lungs comparable to someone who smoked 20 cigarettes a day for decades.
"When you think of inhaling small particles from cleaning agents that are meant for cleaning the floor and not your lungs, maybe the news is not so surprising after all," explained the study's lead author Oistein Staves.
If that wasn't shocking enough, the research team found that one gender in particular seems to be more at risk.