Can Lead Cause Hypertension

Is lead the cause of hypertension? Most of us have heard about The American Heart Association recently announced new guidelines that lowered the threshold for high blood pressure (or hypertension) but now, new research from the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health suggests lead levels in the shin bones may be an unlikely culprit, specifically for treatment-resistant hypertension patients.

A study done at Boston’s Veterans Affairs Center, showed for every 15-microgram per gram increase in lead levels in the shone bone, there was a 19 percent high risk of treatment-resistant blood pressure.

I found this story very interesting due to the fact I have had very high lead levels in my body, that turned out to be from the water pipes going into our house. I had been told I had high levels but had no idea where I was getting exposed to it from. They replaced the pipe from the water main to our house, and yes, it was lead. You just never know when you will be exposed to toxins.

You can read the full report by Fizs Pirani here:


Now, I don’t know about any of you, but since I have been diagnosed with thyroid disease, my fingernails are terrible! They are weak, they split, they break easily.

I know my nail issues have to do with my thyroid, but Awa shares a few additional reasons why your nails may be unhealthy:


Have a great weekend!



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