Published: October 2, 2023

Category: Pesticides

A new study from Taiwanese scientists uncovered a strong link between exposure to the herbicide glyphosate and severe depression and cognitive decline in American adults. The percentage of participants with detectable levels of glyphosate was 80.4%.

Researchers analyzed data from 1532 adults participating in the 2013-2014 U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey to investigate the possible impact of glyphosate exposure on these and other neurological conditions. Using representative adults from the general population, they found a significant negative correlation between urinary glyphosate levels and cognitive function test scores. The surveyed group had a mean age of 48.15 years and a mean BMI of 29.15 kg/m2. The majority were women, with the most common ethnicity being non-Hispanic white (47.1%). A slight majority (53.7%) reported household income of ≥ $4500 per year; 37.2% had a body mass index of ≥30 kg/m2.

In summary, the paper discovered adverse neurological impacts associated with glyphosate levels in a representative sector of the U.S. adult population. Of note were lower cognitive function scores, increased odds of severe depression, and heightened risk for serious hearing difficulties.

Source: Sustainable Pulse
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