Health Affects of Lead Exposure

More good information from the National Lead Information Clearinghouse:

"Lead's Effects"

If not detected early, children with high levels of lead in their bodies can suffer from:

  • Damage to the brain and nervous system
  • Behavior and learning problems (such as hyperactivity)
  • Slowed growth
  • Hearing problems
  • Headaches

Lead is also harmful to adults. Adults can suffer from:

  • Difficulties during pregnancy
  • Other reproductive problems (in both men and women)
  • High blood pressure
  • Digestive problems
  • Nerve disorders
  • Memory and concentration problems
  • Muscle and joint pain

*Lead affects the body in many ways.*

In other words, lead is bad.

Lead poisoning can sometimes be hard to detect since some of the symptoms are similar to those of other diseases.

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