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"Fluoride Exposure May Reduce Kidney, Liver Function in Adolescents"

  • Healio: Nephrology
  • New York, NY
  • (August 08, 2019)

Chronic low-level fluoride exposure contributed to small reductions in kidney and liver function among adolescents, according to a recently published study. In addition, researchers found adolescents who already had poorer kidney and/or liver function may absorb more fluoride in their bodies. “Approximately 74% of the United States population that relies on public water distribution systems receives chemically fluoridated water for the purpose of preventing tooth decay,” Ashley J. Malin, PhD, postdoctoral fellow in the department of environmental medicine and public health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and colleagues wrote. “While many animal studies have demonstrated toxic effects of fluoride on the kidneys and liver, even at low levels, this is the first human study to examine the association of fluoride exposure with kidney or liver function in the United States” Dr. Malin says.

 — Ashley J. Malin, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Environmental Medicine and Public Health, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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