Determination of Trace Metal Levels in the General Population of Korea
AbstractThe purpose of this study was to determine the levels of trace metals in the blood of the general Korean population. A total of 258 healthy individuals, according to their regular medical check-ups, (119 males and 139 females, age ranging from 12 to 78 years old) were enrolled from December 2014 to December 2016. Levels of 10 trace elements were determined using inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). The geometric mean (GM) levels for lead, arsenic, cesium, mercury, aluminum, cadmium, copper, manganese, selenium, and zinc were 15.97 μg/L, 7.19 μg/L, 2.39 μg/L, 3.41 μg/L, 10.57 μg/L, 0.78 μg/L, 979.8 μg/L, 11.06 μg/L, 111.37 μg/L, and 872.7 μg/L, respectively. There were significant gender-related differences in the levels of several metals; male individuals had higher Pb, As, Cs, Hg, and Se than females, while females had higher Cd, Cu, and Mn than males. We noticed remarkably high blood levels of Hg, As and Al in the Korean population. The element concentrations reported represent a new contribution to the knowledge of the blood chemistry for the Korea population. The data can be used to assess the clinical health of this population. View Full-Text
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Kim, H.-J.; Lim, H.-S.; Lee, K.-R.; Choi, M.-H.; Kang, N.M.; Lee, C.H.; Oh, E.-J.; Park, H.-K. Determination of Trace Metal Levels in the General Population of Korea. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14, 702.
Kim H-J, Lim H-S, Lee K-R, Choi M-H, Kang NM, Lee CH, Oh E-J, Park H-K. Determination of Trace Metal Levels in the General Population of Korea. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2017; 14(7):702.Chicago/Turabian Style
Kim, Hyun-Jun; Lim, Hwan-Sub; Lee, Kyoung-Ryul; Choi, Mi-Hyun; Kang, Nam Mi; Lee, Chang Hoon; Oh, Eun-Jung; Park, Hyun-Kyung. 2017. "Determination of Trace Metal Levels in the General Population of Korea." Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 14, no. 7: 702.
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