Insecticide Exposure Tied To Increased Risks For Arthritis And Lupus

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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.

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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.

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  1. Joy

    Hmmm. I grew up in the central valley. Our family home was surrounded by ag lands.

    I remember the sound of those crop dusters as they made their repeated passes over nearby fields.

    I have RA, as well as my mother and sister.

    Thanks for the post Guy. I will do a little more reading about this possible link.

    Take care, hope the RA is behavin’.

  2. RA Mom

    We had built our dream home out of town, right next to agricultural fields–on one side citrus groves, on the other side corn fields. It was almost during the same time that the movie CHILDREN OF THE CORN came out and I remember our kids loved running up and down the rows of corn plants that grew next to our large ‘out in the country’ yard. And yes, many times crop duster planes flew overhead dusting the agricultural fields right next to us with insecticides as our children played outside. If we only knew then what we know now! RA Guy’s Mom

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