Learning About Lead

Lead and Your Health

Lead and Your Health

Here is what we now know about lead:

  • There is no 'safe' level of lead - it is a toxic metal.
  • If ingested, lead can sit in your body's organs for months.
  • Your body cannot tell the difference between lead and calcium, so if lead is not excreted, your body stores both substances - one a helpful mineral, the other a harmful metal - in your bones, where it can remain throughout your lifetime.
  • Lead is especially harmful to infants and children under age six.  It can damage young, developing nervous systems, which can reduce a child's IQ, slow development and growth, cause learning disabilities and attention deficit disorders, and other unhealthy physical effects.
  • For pregnant women, lead is harmful to the developing fetus.
  • In adults, lead can cause muscular, mental and mood disorders, among other harmful conditions.
  • Lead toxicity can be treated, but its detrimental effects cannot be cured and the damage cannot be reversed.
  • Aquarion treats water for corrosion where indicated to minimize the occurence of lead.

Lead prevention is the very best strategy