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MetroHealth to study lead exposure's link to menopause

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Sunday, October 19, 2008 | 0 comments

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MetroHealth to study lead exposures link to menopauseBecause of Cleveland's aging housing stock and history of industry, researchers at MetroHealth Medical Center decided to focus on the city's residents for an early-phase study to see whether prolonged lead exposure leads to premature menopause.

People are typically at risk of lead exposure when paint or other materials containing lead cracks and chips over time or during home renovations, getting into the air or dirt. But lead also can get into a person's bloodstream through some imported foods and constant exposure to other products containing lead.

For children who are especially at risk from living in older homes with lead paint, research already has shown a strong correlation between elevated levels of lead in the bloodstream and IQ loss, learning disabilities and neurobehavioral impairments.

Menopause at an earlier age can increase a woman's risk of cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis and certain cancers. Additionally, lead that is accumulated in bone is released into the blood when a woman experiences increased bone loss - usually occurring during menopause.

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