Pesticides exposure linked to heart disease and stroke risk. New research shows that exposure to high levels of pesticides increased the risk of heart disease and stroke in healthy people of Japanese American men in Hawaii.
The study results are published in the open-access journal of the American Heart Association: American Heart Association.
The findings based on the Kuakini Honolulu Heart Program that involved over 8,000 Japanese American men on Oahu. Between 1965 and 1968, these 45 to 68 years old men were enrolled. The researchers are tracking all causes of death. Through December 1999, they looked at the information on rates of heart disease and stroke.
A scale from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration was used to estimate the pesticide exposure. The analysis found that high pesticide exposure was associated with roughly a 45% higher risk of heart disease or stroke. However, the researchers didn’t find any link between low to moderate pesticides exposure and the risk of heart disease or stroke. According to the investigators, pesticides may have a long half-life, so their health effects can occur years after exposure.
“After following the men for 34 years, the link between being exposed to pesticides at work and heart disease and stroke was no longer significant. This was probably because other factors tied to aging became more important, masking the possible relation of pesticides and cardiovascular disease later in life,” co-author of the study Beatriz L. Rodriguez, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., said.
Taylor is the senior news reporter at Honest Newsly. He covers business and commodities news. Formerly, he worked with Western Mass News and Meredith COrporation as the senior news reporter.