Scientists say when almost 80% of the human blood samples are tested, a tiny particle of plastic samples was detected in the human blood. As per the detailing of the scientists, it is clear that the particles can travel throughout the body and stay in organs. This is for the first time, microplastic pollution has been detected in human blood and microplastics have been detected.
At present, researchers are not sure about the impact of these microplastics in the blood and on the health of humans, however, they worry about any serious damage to the human cells in the laboratory. “ The particles can travel through the body, therefore we are concerned about the situation right now”, scientists said.
Huge amounts of plastic waste are dumped into the environment and microplastics now contaminate the entire planet. Humans are already taking the particles via air, water, food, etc which affects the body adversely. Mostly, they have been found in the feces of babies and adults.
Scientists analyzed blood samples from 22 unknown donors. All of these were healthy adults, and 17 were found to have plastic particles. About half of the samples contained PET plastic used to make bottles, one-third polystyrene, used to pack food and other products, and one-fourth of the blood samples contained polyethylene used to carry plastic carrier bags. The shocking revelation by scientists made people think about their daily life activities with plastics and made them think about the priority needed to give to the foods.
Scientists said, “We also know in general that babies and young children are more vulnerable to chemical and particle exposure,” he said. “That worries me a lot”, The Guardian reported. However, the study conducted by a group of scientists was published in the journal Environment International.
Moreover, according to a 2021 study, microplastics can cause intestinal inflammation, intestinal microbiome disorders, and other problems in non-human animals. It can also transform human cell membranes.
Meanwhile, a recent study found that microplastics can latch onto the outer membranes of red blood cells and may limit their ability to transport oxygen. The particles have also been found in the placentas of pregnant women, and in pregnant rats, they pass rapidly through the lungs into the hearts, brains and other organs of the foetuses.