A commonly available pesticide has been associated with an increased risk of chronic kidney disease (CKD). Using data from the USA National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), researchers analyzed links between pesticide exposure and the risk of kidney dysfunction in 41,847 people. The study found people exposed to higher amounts of the insecticide Malathion had 25 per cent higher risk of kidney dysfunction.
Malathion is licensed for use in agriculture, domestic and public recreation areas as part of mosquito and fruit fly eradication programs, and can also be found in some topical head lice treatments.
Journal Reference: En-Tzu Wan, Darsy Darssan, Shamshad Karatela, Simon A. Reid, Nicholas John Osborne. Association of Pesticides and Kidney Function among Adults in the US Population 2001–2010. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 2021; 18 (19): 10249 DOI: 10.3390/ijerph181910249