Fluoride in water may cause diabetes

Fluoride in water may cause diabetes

Fluoride in water may cause diabetes, according to a new study from Case Western Reserve University.

According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), fluoride is added to two-thirds of Americans’ tap water, as it is believed to reduce cavities. However, fluoride is linked to a condition called dental fluorosis, which is the staining of teeth.

Minor cases of dental fluorosis lead to white spots, but more severe cases can cause brown spots. The latest stats from the CDC show that 41 percent of Americans between the ages 12 and 15 have fluorosis, and those numbers are rising.

Last May, the U.S. Government recommended lowering the amount of fluoride in drinking water.

According to the new study, fluoridation could be a contributing factor to diabetes in the United States.

Kyle Fluegge, PhD, the author of the study, used mathematical models to look for a link between fluoride levels in water and incidences of diabetes. Two sets of his analyses showed that fluoride was significantly associated with diabetes risk.

The models look at the outcomes of [diabetes] incidence and prevalence being predicted by both natural and added fluoride,” said Fluegge.

Fluegge added, “The models indicate that natural environmental fluoride has a protective effect from diabetes. Unfortunately, natural fluoride is not universally present in the water supply.”

The study showing that fluoride in water may cause diabetes was published in the Journal of Water and Health.

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1. “U.S. Government Recommends Lower Level of Fluoride in Water.” Newsweek. Newsweek, 27 Apr. 2015. Web. 22 Aug. 2016.
2. “Prevalence and Severity of Dental Fluorosis in the United States, 1999-2004.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 08 Nov. 2010. Web. 22 Aug. 2016.
3. “Fluoride Consumption Linked to Diabetes Using Mathematical Models.” Case Western Reserve University. Case Western Reserve University, n.d. Web. 22 Aug. 2016.
4. “Community Water Fluoridation Predicts Increase in Age-adjusted Incidence and Prevalence of Diabetes in 22 States from 2005 and 2010.” Journal of Water and Health. Journal of Water and Health, n.d. Web. 22 Aug. 2016.

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