Lead in Bone: Marker for High Blood Pressure?

Lead poisoning is kid stuff, you might think. But now, intriguing findings from Boston suggest that lead in adults may signal high blood pressure.

Researchers measured shin bone lead in 590 men aged 48 to 92. (Adult bone retains almost all the lead the body absorbs, so it is a better sign of long-term lead exposure than blood lead.) Those with the most bone lead were 50% more likely to develop high blood pressure than those with the least, suggesting that even adults should limit lead exposure. To do so, run tap water for three minutes before first use each day.

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