Correlative links between natural radiation and life expectancy in the US population

Elroei David, Roy Bitan, Sharona Atlas, Marina Wolfson, Vadim E. Fraifeld

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Abstract

The linear no-threshold (LNT) hypothesis is still the ruling concept which dictates the radiation protection health policy and regulations. However, more and more studies show that not only that low dose radiation pose no danger to our health, but also exhibits clear beneficial health effects. Here, we evaluated the correlative links of the natural sources of radiation—terrestrial radiation (TR), cosmic radiation (CR), and Radon-222, with life expectancy, the most integrative index of population health. The results of this study show that the different sources of natural radiation display positive correlative links to life expectancy, which is in line with the hypothesis of radiation hormesis.

Original languageEnglish
JournalBiogerontology
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 1 Jan 2022

Keywords

  • Background radiation
  • Life expectancy
  • Radon
  • United States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aging
  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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