Climate change keeps on happening but it might be affecting you more than you think. Climate change can affect your health and the more the climate changes the greater the effects on your health may become. Here are 5 ways that climate change can affect your health.
As the temperature continues to rise, the growing seasons of plants are being lengthened. This is true for plants that produce all the pollen that can make these growing seasons so unpleasant for allergy sufferers. What this all adds up to is that anyone who suffers from pollen allergies may be suffering for a longer stretch with each passing year as the climate continues to change in favor of longer growing seasons for pollen producing plants. These allergy seasons are going to be worse too as climates that favor these pollen producing plants encourage their spread to new areas.
Infectious diseases are likely to become more of a problem as the temperature continues to rise. The mosquitoes that carry malaria are bound to certain parts of the globe because of the warm temperatures and the moisture there. However, as the temperatures in more locations begin to rise to levels conducive to these mosquitoes, these mosquitoes and the malaria that they carry could start spreading to new parts of the world. Malaria isn’t the only illness that could spread because of the heat. Lyme disease, along with other parasites and microbes, is likely to start spreading too.
Most people have heard talk about weather affecting health conditions like arthritis, and the old claim that chronic arthritis sufferers can often predict the weather. In reality, studies show this to be true and arthritis physicians have noted symptom improvements in their patients, and symptom degradation, according to the weather. The most striking correlation is between pain, pain relief, and barometric pressure. Basically systems of low atmospheric pressure bring on pain and high pressure systems work as a form of natural pain relief. In fact some treatment therapies have been developed in which arthritis sufferers use high-pressure chambers for treatment and relief. Similar relief has also been known to correlate between arthritis pain and warmer temperatures (with low temperatures causing symptom flairs).
Severe Weather And Natural Disasters
The earth maintains a delicate balance that keeps everything running business as usual. The problem is that climate changes and all the factors that have caused them are upsetting this balance and setting the scene for severe weather and natural disasters. Many of these natural disasters have been seen in recent years and they appear to be happening with greater frequency as time goes by. These natural disasters clearly pose safety threats as they have killed people already but they also lead to injuries, malnutrition, and elevated stress levels. Natural disasters and severe weather patterns are some of the most noticeable signs of the effects of climate changes.
Of course, as the temperature continues to go up heat waves become more common. This means that people are dying as a result of heat waves in record numbers and many more are making their way to emergency rooms with heat-related illnesses. Some argue that warmer summers will also mean warmer winters and that comfort should be taken in that thought but that isn’t much of a silver lining.
Rising temperatures tend to mean that smog will be worse. This is bad news for anyone who has asthma or for anyone who enjoys breathing in general. You have to keep in mind that a warmer world means that the seasons of peak smog will be lengthened as well which will further compound the problem. This is one health effect of climate changes that is sure to affect everyone because breathing, unlike some of the other health effects on this list, is hard to avoid.
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