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The Association Between Blood Mercury Levels and Risk for Overweight in a General Adult Population: Results from the Korean National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey

Authors
 Seunghyun Lee  ;  Jin-Ha Yoon  ;  Jong-Uk Won  ;  Wanhyung Lee  ;  June-Hee Lee  ;  Hongdeok Seok  ;  Yeong-Kwang Kim  ;  Chi-Nyon Kim  ;  Jaehoon Roh 
Citation
 BIOLOGICAL TRACE ELEMENT RESEARCH, Vol.171(2) : 251-261, 2016 
Journal Title
 BIOLOGICAL TRACE ELEMENT RESEARCH 
ISSN
 0163-4984 
Issue Date
2016
MeSH
Adult ; Female ; Humans ; Male ; Mercury/blood* ; Middle Aged ; Nutrition Surveys* ; Overweight/blood* ; Republic of Korea ; Risk Factors
Keywords
Heavy metals ; Korean National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey ; Mercury ; Overweight ; Weight gain
Abstract
The primary objective of this study was to estimate the association between blood mercury levels and overweight in Korean adults. We analyzed cross-sectional data from 9228 participants (4283 men and 4945 women) who completed the Korean National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (KNHANES), 2007-2013. The population was divided into two groups according to the body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference (WC). Blood mercury levels were analyzed using a gold amalgam method with a DMA-80 instrument, categorized into quartiles, and stratified by sex. After adjusting for all covariates, blood mercury was significantly associated with overweight in all subjects. According to the BMI criteria, the adjusted odds ratio of being in the highest blood mercury quartile was 1.75 (95 % confidence interval [CI], 1.53-2.01) overall, 2.09 (95 % CI, 1.71-2.55) in men, and 1.58 (95 % CI, 1.32-1.89) in women. According to the WC criteria, the adjusted odds ratio of being in the highest blood mercury quartile was 1.85 (95 % CI, 1.49-2.30) in men and 1.96 (95 % CI, 1.62-2.36) in women compared to the lowest quartile. Additionally, a trend in overweight across increasing blood mercury levels was observed by the p for trend test in the multiple diagnostic criteria.
Full Text
http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs12011-015-0530-1
DOI
10.1007/s12011-015-0530-1
Appears in Collections:
4. Graduate School of Public Health (보건대학원) > Graduate School of Public Health (보건대학원) > 1. Journal Papers
1. College of Medicine (의과대학) > Dept. of Preventive Medicine and Public Health (예방의학교실) > 1. Journal Papers
5. Research Institutes (연구소) > Institute for Occupational Health (산업보건연구소) > 1. Journal Papers
Yonsei Authors
Kim, Yeong Kwang(김영광)
Kim, Chi Nyon(김치년) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5693-3307
Roh, Jae Hoon(노재훈)
Won, Jong Uk(원종욱) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9200-3297
Yoon, Jin Ha(윤진하) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4198-2955
Lee, Wan Hyung(이완형)
URI
https://ir.ymlib.yonsei.ac.kr/handle/22282913/151791
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