About Careers Internship MedBlogs Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

Ability to Eliminate Arsenic from Body Varies Among People

by Rajashri on August 28, 2009 at 10:01 PM
Font : A-A+

 Ability to Eliminate Arsenic from Body Varies Among People

Large variations exist in peoples' ability to eliminate potentially toxic substance arsenic from the body, a new study has shown.

In the study, Kevin Francesconi and colleagues found that some people eliminate more than 90 percent of the arsenic consumed in the diet while others store arsenic in their bodies, where it can have harmful effects.

Advertisement

Health effects from chronic arsenic exposure include skin and internal cancers, cardiovascular disease, and possibly diabetes.

Researchers say that drinking water in many parts of the world, including some regions of the United States, contain amounts of arsenic that exceed the World Health Organization's maximum acceptable levels.
Advertisement

The study also found that consumption of seafood is another major source of arsenic contamination.

The scientists describe monitoring arsenic excretion in the urine of human volunteers.

They found that ability to eliminate arsenic from the body varied greatly, with some participants excreting up to 95 percent of the ingested arsenic but others eliminating as little as four percent.

"This observed individual variability in handling [arsenic] exposure has considerable implications for the risk assessment of arsenic ingestion," the study states.

It adds that further study is needed to assess potential risks to humans consuming seafood products.

"The data presented here suggest that the long held view that seafood arsenic is harmless because it is present mainly as organoarsenic compounds needs to be reassessed," the study states.

The research is scheduled for the Sept. 21 issue of ACS's Chemical Research in Toxicology, a monthly journal.

Source: ANI
RAS
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
What's New on Medindia
Monkeypox Outbreak: What it is, How Does it Spread & the Prevention
Seasonal Allergy Medications
How to Choose the Best Eczema-Friendly Moisturizer for Children?
View all
Recommended Reading
News Archive
Date
Category
Advertisement
News Category

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

More News on:
Healthy Living Arsenic Poisoning 

Most Popular on Medindia

The Essence of Yoga Drug Side Effects Calculator Pregnancy Confirmation Calculator Diaphragmatic Hernia Post-Nasal Drip Drug - Food Interactions A-Z Drug Brands in India Blood Donation - Recipients Accident and Trauma Care Noscaphene (Noscapine)

Disclaimer - All information and content on this site are for information and educational purposes only. The information should not be used for either diagnosis or treatment or both for any health related problem or disease. Always seek the advice of a qualified physician for medical diagnosis and treatment. Full Disclaimer

© All Rights Reserved 1997 - 2022

This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use