Telomeres and Toxic Cadmium

Telomeres and Toxic Cadmium

Exposure to toxic cadmium metal was the subject of a recent study; the findings suggest that that it can be responsible for accelerated cellular aging on telomeres.

“People are usually exposed to this toxic metal by inhaling tobacco smoke, eating fruits and vegetables grown in contaminated soil or living near an industrial site.

‘We looked at heavy metals and found a strong association between exposure to low levels of cadmium and telomere shortening,’ said Ami Zota, assistant professor of environmental and occupational health at Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University.

‘For non-smokers, food is generally the largest source of cadmium exposure,’ said Zota.” - Daiji World