Airplane noise may be bad for your health | News World

Airplane noise may increase risk of developing cardiometabolic diseases, a cluster of conditions that includes heart attack, stroke, diabetes, and hypertension, according to a new study.

Researchers found that people exposed to aircraft noise levels at 45 decibels or more were more likely to have higher self-reported body mass index (BMI)—an indicator of general obesity, which can lead to cardiometabolic diseases, as well as a range of other health issues.

A noise level of 45 decibels (dB) is just above the hushed tones of a library (40 dB) and quieter than a typical conversation at home (50 dB).

The researchers conclude that the highest BMI measures were linked to aircraft noise levels at 55 dB or above. Noise exposure at 45 dB or above was also associated with having higher BMI in middle to late adulthood from early adulthood.

The study, published in the journal Environment International, is the first to explore a connection between aircraft noise exposure and obesity nationwide in the United States;…


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