Lead is far more deadly than we thought, a new study says. In fact lead may be responsible for up to 10 times more deaths in the United States than previously thought, according to a study published Monday in the journal The Lancet Public Health.
As U.S. New and World Report noted, researchers concluded about 400,000 deaths per year may be attributed to lead, which is a far higher number than previously reported by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. They examined 14,289 adults over 20 years and found those with a blood lead concentration at the 90th percentile (6.7 micrograms per deciliter) had a 37 percent increase in mortality.
If that’s not scary enough, deaths linked to lead exposure may include 256,000 annual deaths from cardiovascular disease. As U.S. New and World Report cited, the researchers found that individuals with a blood lead concentration at the 90th percentile had a 70 percent increase in death by cardiovascular disease compared to those with a blood lead concentration at the 10th percentile. This alarming finding suggests that lead exposure could be a long overlooked contributing factor to heart disease.
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