Wednesday, July 11, 2018 by Earl Garcia
Cadmium is a toxic heavy metal associated with a host of adverse health conditions. The heavy metal is a naturally-occurring compound that is currently used in the production of batteries, electroplate steel and cathode ray tubes, and colored pigments. Cadmium is also added in rods used in nuclear reactors to control atomic fission. Being a heavy metal, cadmium is considered a carcinogen and is a highly toxic teratogenic compound, which negatively affects the development of a fetus or embryo.
Health experts warn that even short term exposure to the chemical can be detrimental to the body’s overall health. Symptoms of cadmium poisoning range from common conditions — such as headache and fatigue — to more alarming conditions such as anemia and a lack of sense of smell. Some of the more common symptoms of cadmium poisoning include: headache, vomiting, and fatigue.
On the other hand, some of the most harmful symptoms of cadmium poisoning include:
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry (ATSDR) has created a list of some of the most detrimental conditions linked to high cadmium exposure. According to the ATSDR, occupational exposure to cadmium may trigger the onset of obstructive lung disease and emphysema. Studies also show that cadmium exposure is tied to various forms of cardiovascular conditions such as increased systolic blood pressure, depressed atrial natriuretic peptide levels, increased blood aldosterone levels, and sodium and salt retention.
Exposure to the heavy metal is also associated with the onset of skeletal lesions. According to the agency, clinically significant bone lesions commonly set in late and may include other conditions including pseudofractures, osteomalacia, and osteoporosis. The heavy metal is also linked to developmental issues and birth defects. Women who had high occupational cadmium exposure are also found to have higher rates of pre-term labor than those who had lower exposure. In addition, excessive cadmium exposure is associated with the onset of “itai-itai” or “ouch-ouch” disease in older Japanese women.