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Am J Public Health. 1999 Jul;89(7):1083-7.

The association between occupational lead exposure and serum cholesterol and lipoprotein levels.

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Occupational Health and Rehabilitation Institute, Raanana, Israel.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

This study sought to clarify the possible associations between blood lead level and serum cholesterol and lipoprotein levels in subjects occupationally exposed to lead.

METHODS:

Levels of blood lead, serum total cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, and triglycerides in 56 male industrial employees who were exposed to lead were compared with those in 87 unexposed employees.

RESULTS:

Mean blood lead levels were 42.3 (+/- 14.9) micrograms/dL in the exposed group and 2.7 (+/- 3.6) micrograms/dL in the nonexposed group. The exposed subjects had higher mean levels of total cholesterol and HDL cholesterol.

CONCLUSIONS:

Blood lead levels are positively associated with total and HDL cholesterol.

PMID:
10394320
PMCID:
PMC1508848
DOI:
10.2105/ajph.89.7.1083
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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