Insecticides tied to heart disease deaths

According to the new study researchers from the University of lowa college of public health found that people who have been exposed to pyrethroid insecticides are three times more likely to die from Cardiovascular disease. High levels of insecticides may increase Heart Diseases.

Pyrethroid insecticides make up the greatest share of commercial household insecticides, the researchers noted. They are in many brands of insecticides, and used in agricultural, public spaces and homes for pest control.

According to the survey, researchers found levels of pyrethroids in urine samples of more than 2000 adults aged 20 and older who took part in the US National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey between 1999 and 2002.

In their investigation the highest levels of pyrethroids in their urine were 56% more likely to die for any reason and the lowest levels of pyrethroids and heart disease was the leading cause of death. 

Also studies have shown that most exposure is from food, such as fruits and vegetables sprayed with the chemical. Home use of pyrethroids in gardens and for pest-control is also a major source of exposure, the study authors noted in a university news release. In addition, the chemical is found in dust in homes that use these pesticides. The researchers said that “The use of pyrethroids has grown since the time of the study, so the rate of deaths linked to it has likely also increased.”