Association between blood levels of lead, blood pressure and risk of diabetes and heart disease in workers


Bener A. , OBINECHE E., GILLETT M., PASHA M., BISHAWI B.

INTERNATIONAL ARCHIVES OF OCCUPATIONAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH, cilt.74, ss.375-378, 2001 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 74 Konu: 5
  • Basım Tarihi: 2001
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1007/s004200100231
  • Dergi Adı: INTERNATIONAL ARCHIVES OF OCCUPATIONAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.375-378

Özet

Background: Previous studies have supported the association between high levels of blood lead levels (BLL) and elevated blood pressure. In addition, significant correlations between BLL and a variety of risk factors for blood pressure and diabetes mellitus have been well-established. Objective: To examine the relationship between BLL, blood pressure and diabetes as well as other selected social and biochemical factors, among workers in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Methods: This comparative study included 110 industrial workers (exposed to lead in the workplace) and 110 non-industrial workers (not exposed), all were recruited in the city of Al-Ain, Abu-Dhabi Emirate, UAE and the groups were evenly matched for age, gender and nationality. Results: The industrial workers had a significantly higher mean of BLL (median 81 and geometric mean (GM) 62 mug/dl) than did non-industrial workers (median 11 and GM 13 mug/dl). In the present study, the lead-exposed group also had significantly higher blood lead levels, body-mass index (BMI), systolic and diastolic blood pressures., fasting blood glucose and plasma levels of total cholesterol, lactate dehydrogenase and uric acid than did the non-exposed group. Furthermore a significant correlation between BLL and systolic blood pressure was observed. Conclusion: The study supports the hypothesis of a positive association between lead exposure, high blood pressure and risk of diabetes and heart disease.