Regular or long-term exposure to consumer insecticides may increase the risk of developing autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. That’s the finding of a new study presented at the American College of Rheumatology’s annual scientific meeting in Philadelphia.
Previous research has suggested a link between exposure to agricultural insecticides and the development of rheumatoid arthritis and lupus; but in this study, scientists set out to determine if the same risks could apply to bug killing chemicals applied around the home, yard or garden.
The use of bug sprays is common. Surveys suggest that as many as three-quarters of households use them, and there are hundreds of millions of tons of such products produced every year.
Having grown up in an agricultural area where crop dusters were a common sight, I’ve always wondered if this is in any way related to the fact that I now have rheumatoid arthritis. It’s nice to see that more studies on this topic are being published.