Warning! Your blood may be full of plastic particles
Amsterdam: When eating out, it is rare to find a small piece of plastic in the food, a piece that is likely to go into the stomach with a morsel and then become a waste, escaping the grip of the digestive system. Instead of being absorbed into the bloodstream through the intestines, it then circulates throughout the body and endangers human life.
Plastic is becoming one of the most used items in everyday life. This is the dangerous giant that is devouring the healthy environment of our beautiful and colorful world, but perhaps no one would have thought that plastic would somehow enter our body and circulate through the blood and put our lives in danger.
And it can be controlled even if it is limited to this, but it is also a matter of microscopic bits of plastic floating in the air which we make guests by allowing them to enter our body through respiration and thus the respiratory system. Through digestion, these plastic particles enter the bloodstream through the lungs or intestines.
This was revealed by Dutch researchers in the scientific journal March Environment International. The research paper states that plastic, which normally enters the lungs or intestines, does not technically enter the body, but is eliminated by the immune or digestive system. Plastic can only enter the body if it somehow manages to enter the bloodstream.
In this article, the researchers say that the presence of plastic particles in human blood samples surprised us. These tiny pieces of plastic in the blood can circulate throughout the body and reach any sensitive area, such as the brain or heart, and block an artery there, causing a brain haemorrhage or heart attack.
The researchers added that this makes the new discovery alarming. Microplastics can cause inflammation in various systems of the body. In addition, plastic bits can contain toxic chemicals that can affect our hormones and reproductive system. As seen in some wildlife.
Experts in the research team say that it is not easy to find microscopic plastic particles in the blood. They cannot be seen with a single microscope, so we took a chemical approach. We collected blood from 22 adults and processed the sample to remove large cells. This left a liquid. It then filtered particles larger than 700 nanometers (0.00003 inches).
Researchers used human blood samples to find a polymer that makes five different types of plastics. Four types of polymers were found in the blood of 17 people.
According to the researchers, one in every four blood samples tested contained polyethylene. This is the most common plastic used in a wide range of products, from shopping bags and bottles to toys and laminate coatings.
PET was also found in the blood of half of the participants in the trial and was used in clothing and plastic bottles. Similarly, polystyrene was found in more than a third of blood samples found in insulating foam, computer cases, scientific labware, plastic forks and hair combs.
According to the researchers, only one sample contained polymethyl methacrylate or PMMA, which is used in dental work of transparent and hot molded plastics. The team also found polypropylene in the blood samples but could not find it.