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CDC Study Links Arsenic in Water to Type 2 Diabetes

Public and Private Water Systems Could be Hazardous

Results from a study completed by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) suggest that nearly 20 million Americans may be at heightened risk for type 2 diabetes due to their exposure to arsenic. The arsenic is in the drinking water, and when the CDC tested nearly 800 people in their National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), the results showed a clear and significant association between the chemical and the disease.

This finding confirms results from similar studies done in Taiwan, Mexico, and Bangladesh, which showed that 100 mcg/L of inorganic arsenic is associated with type 2 disease.

The authors of the study estimate that as many as 13 million Americans live in regions where arsenic levels in the public water systems exceed the levels recommended by the EPA, which is 10 mcg/L. However, this figure doesn't take into account private water supplies.

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Published on Aug-20-08


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