Most of the products that we use in the modern world contain chemicals that can potentially cause health problems. Nowhere is this more evident than in the agricultural sector. A good number of herbicides used to control weeds have been found to have adverse effects not only on the environment but also on human health. Research has shown that Roundup weed killer, a popular herbicide used in forestry, agriculture and by private homeowners contains a potentially harmful ingredient known as glyphosate. Here are some of the health problems commonly associated with the weed killer.
Apart from lab tests, real life events have shown that people who have been exposed to Roundup for a considerable period had a higher risk of developing cancer. Exposure to glyphosate has been found to cause brain and breast cancer.
It is also clear that people who live in farming communities where Roundup is used are likely to suffer from chronic cases of respiratory diseases. This shows that the weed killer increases the risk of suffering from respiratory conditions.
Glyphosate, one of the ingredients present in the weed killer, could disrupt the signaling pathway of Vitamin A. When this happens, the normal development of the fetus in the womb could be interfered with. The result will be congenital disabilities such as heart defects, a micropenis, and growth hormone deficiency among others.
Research has consistently shown that increased exposure to Roundup will impact negatively on the production of testosterone in the body. One of the risk factors of type 2 diabetes is low levels of testosterone. This means that continuous use of the herbicide may cause diabetes in humans.
Effects on the kidneys, liver, and heart
Doses of Roundup can interfere with how the different organs in our bodies work. By destroying renal tissues, the herbicide can contribute towards chronic kidney disease and failure. When glyphosate disrupts enzymes in the body, the result will be lysosomal dysfunction, a major contributor to cardiovascular disease and heart failure.
Obesity is another health problem associated with exposure to this weed killer. Studies have shown that glyphosate will cause a shift in the bacteria found in the digestive tract. In this way, the chemical found in the herbicide will cause obesity.
Exposure to the weed killer will disrupt several chemical processes that promote the production of serotonin. This is a neurotransmitter that controls sleep, appetite, and moods. When the compound is impaired, there is increased a risk of depression.
In case you believe that your health has been adversely affected by exposure to Roundup weed killer, you may seek legal help to file a lawsuit. It is essential to understand that you are not alone and that someone is ready to listen to and assist you.