Scientists have found microplastics in human blood.
We know that plastic has become an essential part of our life. But at the same time, it has become one of the biggest problems of the present world. Even if we want to, we are not able to get rid of it. Because we have become very dependent on plastic. To meet most of the needs of our life, articles made of plastic are needed.
Plastic waste has become a big problem for the whole world.
Plastic particles are mixing in the environment and contaminating it.
It has also entered our food chain through animals. In fact, terrestrial creatures and aquatic organisms like fish eat plastic. When humans make these animals their food, then plastic particles enter the human body through them.
We can say that we take plastic particles inside us through breath, also through food. That is, we cannot escape from it anywhere.
It has been claimed by many studies that plastic particles are causing great harm to human health.
But this is the first time a study has claimed that plastic particles have also been found in human blood.
Microplastics in Human Blood: Found in 80% of blood samples.
According to a study by a group of scientists in the Netherlands tiny particles of plastic have been detected in human blood.
The study published in the journal Environment International, says that the researchers have analyzed blood samples from 22 healthy adult volunteers.
Of these, fragments of ultra-fine plastics of less than 700 nanometers (0.0007mm) in diameter have been detected in the samples of about 80% of the people.
Plastic particles were found in the blood of 17 out of these 22 people.
Half of these samples contained PET, a plastic commonly used in drinks bottles.
A third of the samples were found to contain polystyrene, which is used for packaging food and other products.
While a quarter of the samples contained polyethylene, which is used to make plastic carrier bags.
“Our study is the first indication that we have polymer particles in our blood – it’s a breakthrough result.”
Matter of concern for scientists:
But since the danger of plastic is looming all over the world. In such a situation, research on blood samples of only 22 people seems to be insufficient. So research should be done on more people.
Prof Dick Vethaak said at this,
“We have to extend the research and increase the sample sizes, the number of polymers assessed, etc.”
Studies have shown that plastic particles can move around within the body.
What effect this is going to have on our health, is not clear yet, but still, this revelation has definitely increased the concern of scientists.
According to Prof Dick Vethaak,
“It is certainly reasonable to be concerned,”
According to the researchers, the phenomenon of microplastic being found in human blood has come to the fore for the first time. The team of researchers is investigating further in this matter. So that we can find out about its side effects on our body.