Monday, January 25, 2021
Home Life Style Health & Fitness Exposure to Arsenic, Lead May Spike up Risk of Heart Disease

Exposure to Arsenic, Lead May Spike up Risk of Heart Disease

Since metals are associated with cardiovascular disease even at relatively low levels of exposure, "population-wide strategies to minimise exposure will further contribute to overall cardiovascular prevention efforts," the researchers concluded

Even low levels of exposure to toxic chemicals in the environment like arsenic, lead, copper and cadmium pose a significant risk to cardiovascular health, finds a study, led by one of an Indian-origin.

Although often naturally occurring, these contaminants have made their way into water supplies and, via irrigation, into the food chain.

Concern has often focused on the toxicity or carcinogenic properties of the metals, particularly at high doses.

However, the findings, published by The BMJ, showed there is increasing evidence to suggest that heavy metals may have other adverse effects on health – including cardiovascular disease such as heart disease and stroke – even at lower levels of exposure, the researchers said.

“It’s clear from our analysis that there’s a possible link between exposure to heavy metals or metalloids and risk of conditions such as heart disease, even at low doses – and the greater the exposure, the greater the risk,” said lead author Rajiv Chowdhury, from Britain’s University of Cambridge.

Heart Disease
Concern has often focused on the toxicity or carcinogenic properties of the metals, particularly at high doses. Pixabay

“While people shouldn’t be overly worried about any immediate health risk, it should send a message to policymakers that we need to take action to reduce people’s exposure.”

The study “reinforces the (often under-recognised) importance of environmental toxic metals in enhancing global cardiovascular risk, beyond the roles of conventional behavioural risk factors, such as smoking, poor diet and inactivity,” the researchers said.

For the study, the team conducted a meta-analysis of 37 studies involving almost 350,000 participants.

Also Read- Honor Launches its Budget Smartphone Honor 7S in India

Chowdhury noted that the study highlighted the potential need for additional worldwide efforts and strategies “to reduce human exposures even in settings where there is a relatively lower average level of exposure.”

Since metals are associated with cardiovascular disease even at relatively low levels of exposure, “population-wide strategies to minimise exposure will further contribute to overall cardiovascular prevention efforts,” the researchers concluded. (IANS)

STAY CONNECTED

19,120FansLike
362FollowersFollow
1,773FollowersFollow

Most Popular

Pandemic: An Eye-Opener For Health Sector

The Covid-19 pandemic should serve as an eye-opener for the government to increase allocation for the health sector in the Union Budget 2020-21, feel...

Tri-colour, The Colour Code For Republic Day

Republic day is around the corner and so is the end of winter fashion. So why not end it in style? Here are some...

Youth Must Be Made Aware Of Voter Registration

On the occasion of 11th National Voters Day (NVD), Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday emphasized the need to spread awareness and ensure voter...

Exercising Muscle May Ward Off Chronic Inflammation On Its Own

Human muscle has an innate ability to ward off the damaging effects of chronic inflammation when exercised, a new study suggests. The study, published...

Study: The Wealth Of Indian Billionaires Increased By 35 Percent During The Lockdown

As the pandemic severely hit the economy leaving millions out of job, the wealth of Indian billionaires increased by 35 percent during the lockdown...

An Initiative By Women To Inspire Womanhood- ‘The Bravest Women’s Planner 2021’

In the first-ever initiative by three Chandigarh-based women to inspire womanhood, 'The Bravest Women's Planner 2021', inspired by one of the top 10 life...

The Different Factors That Can Help Improve Handwriting

If you have ever received a comment about your 'bad' handwriting, fret not, chances are that it might not be you but the pen...

Few Points To Keep in Mind While Redoing Interiors Of Your Living Room

Who doesn't want a home which radiates happiness and positivity! And giving a makeover to your house can help you get your dream home....

Recent Comments