January 10, 2017 — The first study to ever link “real world” exposure to Roundup with a serious disease has found that rats developed liver damage after drinking ultra-low doses of the weed-killer for two years.
The study was published by Dr. Michael Antoniou of King’s College London on January 9 in the journal Nature.
The rats’ drinking water was spiked with very low doses of Roundup — comparable to what is found in some tap water that humans drink, but thousands of times lower than what regulators allow.
After two years, researchers analyzed the livers of Roundup-exposed rats. They showed 3-times more symptoms of liver damage than non-exposed rats. They also had biomarkers of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, like areas of dead tissue (necrosis) and damaged liver cells.
In the second year of the study, Roundup-exposed rats also showed progressively increasing triglyceride levels in their blood.
Triglycerides are a harmful fat that can accumulate in the liver and cause fatty liver disease, according to the American Liver Foundation. The liver swells as fats accumulate. Over time, it can lead to permanent scarring (cirrhosis), cancer, liver failure, or even death.
Monsanto, the manufacturer of Roundup, defends the safety of the most popular and profitable weed-killer in the world. However, more than 40 lawsuits have been filed by people who developed non-Hodgkin lymphoma after years of using it without protective gear.
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