If you’re 65 or older, you’re most prone to stroke, particularly, when you’re exposed to road traffic noise with noise level of above 60 decibels — study says.
Lead researcher Mette Sorensena of the Danish Cancer Society said that “previous studies have linked traffic noise with raised blood pressure and heart attacks”. He added that “noise acts as a stressor and disturbs sleep, which results in increased blood pressure and heart rate, as well as increased level of stress hormones”.
For people lower than 65, traffic noise is still a large contributor of stress and disturbance.
Uncontrolled/unmanaged stress is the most common contributing factor to various human diseases. An article by National Institute of Child Health and Human Development pointed out the effects of (bad) stress on the following:
Effect on reproductive system
Stress hormones inhibit the testes and ovaries directly, thereby, hindering the production of the male and female sex hormones testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone.
Effect on gastrointestinal tract
Digestive problem – stress hormones directly hinder the release of stomach acid
high levels of cortisol – increase appetite and lead to weight gain. Overeating is common among people who are under stress.
Effect on the immune system
Vulnerability to colds and flu, fatigue and infections
And many other stress-related diseases…
HOW TO COMBAT TRAFFIC NOISE AND THE STRESS IT BRINGS TO PEOPLE
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