Plastic is one of the most polluting materials that exist, so its use has caused a serious impact on the environment. The problem is that this polymer has already been found inside our body.
An investigation found traces of microplastics in human blood for the first time. According to the results of the study, the level of blood contamination amounted to 80 percent in the individuals analyzed. The work, carried out by researchers from the Netherlands, shows that these particles can travel through the body and lodge in different organs. This could increase the risk of carcinogenic mutations, according to the scientists in charge of the work.
“Our study is the first indication that we have polymer particles in our blood; it is a groundbreaking result,” he noted in an article in Guardian Dick Vethaak, an ecotoxicologist at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in the Netherlands.
“The big question is what happens in our body? Are the particles retained in the body? Are they transported to certain organs? And these levels are high enough to trigger the disease? We urgently need to fund more research to find out.”
Other investigations have detected the presence of microplastics, invisible to humans, in the urine of children and adults. There is also evidence of this polymer in fish, which increases the chances that it passes to humans through the food chain.
Likewise, traces of microplastics have been found in nature and even on the summit of Mount Everest.
According to the researchers, the consumption of this material by humans can directly affect cells. Therefore, it is a serious problem that seriously threatens our health.