The focus on the effects of lead exposure have been primarily focused on children, but what about adults? Lead exposure can also have detrimental effects on adults. Lead exposure has a bigger impact on children as their brains are not fully developed. For adults, lead exposure of 5 to 10 micograms per deciliter results in “high blood pressure and an increase risk of death from cardiovascular disease.” Mother Jones reports that 90% of lead that gets into our blood is “ultimately stored in bones rather than excreted, and that may put women at great long-term risk.”
Lead poisoning continues to disproportionately impact resident in low-income housing who tend to be primarily minorities.
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