PCBs and High Blood Pressure   Leave a comment

Blood PressureA recent study from the University of Alabama shows that PCBs raise blood pressure. Researcher David Carpenter found that both systolic and diastolic hypertension increased with higher levels of PCB concentration in the blood. Anniston residents were studied and even after controlling for “age, obesity, cholesterol and related blood lipids, gender, race, smoking and sedentary lifestyle — all risk factors for hypertension,” PCB levels were strongly correlated with blood pressure.

In addition to causing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, PCBs have also been linked to lower IQ, suppressed immune system functioning and reduced birth weight. Now, we can add heart disease risk to the list. The average Anniston resident contains approximately 8 times the national average for PCB concentration, so these people certainly have a stake in this research.

I think the time to get Anniston residents the financial support and medical aid they deserve is long over due.

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Posted September 18, 2010 by lymphomactivist in Uncategorized

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