Let’s say that you take care of yourself. You avoid eating too many processed foods and opt for organic foods whenever possible.
You make sure to get some exercise every day. You take supplements to make up for the things missing in your diet and to build up your immunities against the chemicals and toxins you may be exposed to.
You do ALL of those things.
But then… wham! Seemingly out of nowhere, you’re hit with a stroke. Could the location of your home be to blame?
I realize that sounds like an absurd question, but according to a study published in the European Heart Journal the surprising answer is “yes”—especially if you’re 65 or over.
Research finds traffic noise can kill
According to the Danish researchers who conducted it, the study—which included 51,485 participants—confirmed a link between road-traffic noise and the risk of a stroke.
It turns out that for every 10 decibels (dB) more traffic noise, the risk of suffering a stroke increased by 14 percent.
When they delved deeper into the data, they found that for those 65 and over the risk takes a shocking leap to 27 percent for every 10 dB. And when the traffic noise reached 60 dB the risk climbed even higher for seniors.
The data showed that the link was still present even after researchers made allowances for other environmental and lifestyle factors, including air pollution, smoking and diet.
Previous studies had already linked noise pollution with…
While more research is, of course, needed to confirm that the traffic noise caused the increase in strokes, researchers say that if it is confirmed, the noise may account for 8 percent of all stroke cases and 19 percent of cases in those over 65.
Is this not-so-silent killer stalking you?
So what does this mean for you?
Obviously, if you do have a choice about where you live…especially as you near retirement age…you should consider choosing a home in a quieter location—away from major roads and noise.
If you do choose to live near a high-traffic area like a highway, be sure that there are adequate sound barriers, which can reduce the noise of a passing vehicle by 5 to 10 dB.
And if you’re like me and already live in an urban area that’s prone to traffic noise, you can try adding natural sound barriers like trees and bushes along your own property line or switching out old windows for modern replacement ones that can dramatically slash traffic noise.
You also should look for ways to reduce your stress levels and help you sleep like, for example, deep breathing exercises.
Here Julia Christina walks you through a quick and easy deep breathing exercise you can begin using several times a day to relax and reduce stress.