November 22nd, 2011
An article in Indian Country Today, Oct. 26, 2011, at 24, reports on new findings that support the theory that there is a link between arsenic and diabetes. Two scientists on the US Department of Health and Human Services National Toxicology Program co-authored a report that found sufficient evidence linking high arsenic exposure in drinking water to diabetes. Associate Professor Miroslav Styblo, University of North Carolina is one of the authors. Their research was published in the August issue of Environmental Health.
The other coauthor, Dana Loomis from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, states that the study is very relevant for Native Americans because many of them live in western parts of the United States where elevated levels of arsenic exposure are found.
People living on the Navajo Nation in particular face unsafe water supplies that do not meet U.S. Safe Drinking Water Act standards and have high contents of arsenic, according to George Breit, a geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Denver.