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Hevey Metal Levels in Urine of Residents in Industrial Area
Jou, Hye-Mee; Choi, Su-Hyeon; Chung, Eun-Kyung; Jung, Soon-Won; Yang, Won-Ho; Son, Bu-Soon;
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This study analyzed the concentration of the heavy metals(Cd, Hg, iAs) of urine(n=576) from May, 2007 to Oct 2007. The subject was residents in G, Y, H industrial area, Jeollanam-do, in which exposure due to the adjacency of the industrial complex. As to the heavy metal concentration in the urine of the residents in the whole exposed region and the comparing region, the content of cadmium, mercury, and inorganic arsenic in the exposed region group were 1.23, 1.85, and 8.80 /g_ct respectively, and those of the comparing region group were 1.87, 2.00, and 8.93 /g_ct respectively, which indicates that the concentration of the comparing group was higher than that of the exposed group. The heavy metal concentration for each age group increased in proportion to age except those under 10 for some substances(p<0.01). As to geometric mean concentration cadmium and inorganic arsenic in urine according to the smoking history of the subject, the concentration of the smoking group and the non-smoking group were 1.65 /g_ct and 9.13 /g_ct respectively, while those of the non-smoking group were 1.47 /g_ct and 8.91 /g_ct respectively, which indicates that the former is higher than the latter. As to the inorganic arsenic concentration in urine according to the food preference, in order of vegetable, fish, and meat showed high concentration (p<0.01). To clarify the factors affecting the heavy metal concentration in urine among the subjects, the multiple regression analysis was conducted. As a result, it turned out that as to cadmium content in urine, gender, age, drinking, and smoking have influence on the subjects, with explanatory adequacy of 37.5 %.
Urine;Cadmium;Mercury;inorganic arsenic;Residents;Exposed region;Comparing region;
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