Toronto (PRWEB) November 30, 2013
Bel Marra Health, who offers high-quality, specially formulated vitamins and nutritional supplements, reports on a recent study revealing that higher levels of the chemical, tungsten, may double the risk of stroke.
As Bel Marra Health reports in its article, (http://www.belmarrahealth.com/general-health-2/high-levels-of-this-common-toxin-could-double-your-risk-of-stroke/) stroke is the second leading cause of death in the Western world, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). A new study published in November, 2013 in PLoS ONE, has concluded that exposure to environmental toxins can play a major contributing factor to the occurrence of a stroke, and that tungsten in particular – a common metal used in various electronics and light bulbs, could double the risk of suffering from one.
A stroke can be life-altering, depending on which area of the brain is affected and to what degree it is affected. Sometimes, a stroke can lead to sudden death. It is important to seek medical attention if you notice any of the signs and symptoms of stroke, as earlier treatment is often associated with a better prognosis.
For the current study, researchers used data from the U.S.-based National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). The researchers examined the urinary tungsten concentrations of 8,614 patients between the ages of 18 and 74, all of whom participated in the survey and were followed for a period of 12 years. Their analysis revealed that, even when other stroke risk factors such as age, socioeconomic status, smoking status, body mass index, occupation and alcohol were all taken into account, individuals who had a higher urinary concentration of tungsten still had a significantly increased risk of stroke. The analysis also showed that exposure to tungsten could be a significant stroke risk factor in individuals under the age of 50, a new cause for concern in this younger population.
At the present time, exposure to the tungsten toxin is relatively low; however, there has been an increase in the supply and demand of this particular toxin in recent years. It is commonly used in electronics, including cells phones and computers, and is also used in various industrial and military products. As the societal demand for better technology increases, so will exposure to this toxin.
Dr. Jessica Tyrrell, lead author of the study at the University of Exeter Medical School's European Centre for Environment and Human Health, explained, “Whilst currently very low, human exposure to tungsten is set to increase. We're not yet sure why some members of the population have higher levels of the metal in their make-up…”
Additionally, as tungsten is produced, small amounts of the toxin can leak into the environment, making its way into the water system. For these reasons, tungsten is becoming a toxin of major concern, as the health concerns associated with its exposure are proving to be dire, and are still not completely understood at this time.
(SOURCE: Jessica Tyrrell, Tamara S. Galloway, Ghada Abo-Zaid, David Melzer, Michael H. Depledge, Nicholas J. Osborne. High Urinary Tungsten Concentration Is Associated with Stroke in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 1999–2010. PLoS ONE, 2013; 8 (11): e77546 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0077546)
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