Environmental Exposures Linked to Compromised Health

September 14, 2018 • 2 min read
Summary

In a new study scientists analyzed five toxic metals of hydrogeological origin and association with heart disease, coronary heart disease, and stroke.

Environmental Exposures Linked to Compromised Health
Important Considerations for Effective Detox Support

In a new study published in BMJ, scientists analyzed five toxic metals of “hydrogeological origin” (of the groundwater in the soil and rocks of the Earth’s crust) and their association with risk of cardiovascular disease, coronary heart disease, and stroke:

  • Arsenic
  • Lead
  • Cadmium
  • Mercury
  • Copper

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Scientific evidence has already placed these metals in the context of cancer risk and labeled them as immunotoxicants, but their association with increased risk of heart disease had yet to be characterized in detail (although copper has been shown to increase the risk of atherosclerosis by enhancing oxidation of LDL cholesterol).

A comprehensive systematic review and meta-analysis resulted in two major conclusions:

  • Arsenic, lead, cadmium, and copper are associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and coronary heart disease
  • Mercury is not associated with cardiovascular disease

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Chowdhury Rajiv, Ramond Anna, O’Keeffe Linda M, Shahzad Sara, Kunutsor Setor K, Muka Taulant et al. Environmental toxic metal contaminants and risk of cardiovascular disease: systematic review and meta-analysis BMJ 2018; 362 :k3310

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