Gastroenterology

Researches find that Monsanto’s popular weed killer Roundup; has been linked to liver disease in animal models. In a new study, the first of its kind; therefore researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine report an association between the herbicide and negative effects upon the human liver. Because Liver disease (also called hepatic disease) is a broad term describing any single number of diseases affecting the liver.

Effects upon the human liver

Many are accompany by jaundice cause by increase levels of bilirubin in the system. The bilirubin results from the breakup of the hemoglobin of dead red blood cells; normally; therefore the liver removes bilirubin from the blood and excretes it through bile. In a study publish in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology; a team led by Paul J. Mills, Ph.D..

professor and chief in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health at UC San Diego School of Medicine; examine glyphosate excretion in the urine samples of two patient groups those with a diagnosis of NASH (non-alcoholic steatohepatitis; Because a type of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease or NAFLD), and those without.

The liver removes bilirubin

The results, they found, were significant: Regardless of age, race, body mass index (BMI), ethnicity or diabetes status, glyphosate residue was significantly higher in patients with NASH than it was in patients with a healthier liver. Because The findings, coupled with prior animal studies, said Mills, suggest a link between the use of commercial glyphosate in our food supply, which has increased significantly over the past 25 years, and the prevalence of NAFLD in the United States, which too has been on the rise for two decades.

“There have been a handful of studies; all of which we cited in our paper, where animals either were or weren’t fed Roundup or glyphosate directly; and they all point to the same thing: the development of liver pathology,” said Mills. “So I naturally thought: ‘Well, could it be exposure to this same herbicide that is driving liver disease in the U.S.?'”

Use of commercial glyphosate

The study examined urine samples of 93 patients. Forty-one % were male; 42% were white or Caucasian; 35% were Hispanic or Latino. Average BMI was 31.8. Patients are originally recruit as part of a larger study at the UC San Diego NAFLD Research Center conducted between 2012 and 2018.
Liver biopsies were used to determine the presence or absence of NAFLD while classifying the subjects by cohort.Food security refers to the availability of food and one’s access to it. A household is considered food secure when its occupants do not live in hunger or fear of starvation.