Published in Medical Letter on the CDC and FDA, April 13th, 2003
Lead exposures have been associated with increased blood pressure and risk of hypertension in older men, according to background information in the article. In perimenopausal women, skeletal lead buildup is an important source of lead exposure produced from within due to increased bone demineralization. The researchers in this study examined the relationship between blood lead levels and blood pressure and hypertension in a population-based sample of perimenopausal and postmenopausal women in the United States.
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