Prevalence of chronic diseases in adults exposed to arsenic-contaminated drinking water

Academic Article


  • Inorganic arsenic is naturally occurring in groundwaters throughout the United States. This study investigated arsenic exposure and self-report of 9 chronic diseases. We received private well-water samples and questionnaires from 1185 people who reported drinking their water for 20 or more years. Respondents with arsenic levels of 2 μg/L or greater were statistically more likely to report a history of depression, high blood pressure, circulatory problems, and bypass surgery than were respondents with arsenic concentrations less than 2 μg/L.
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  • Zierold KM; Knobeloch L; Anderson H
  • Start Page

  • 1936
  • End Page

  • 1937
  • Volume

  • 94
  • Issue

  • 11