Who doesn’t want a pristine lawn free of annoying weeds and bugs? But some of those pest-fighting strategies may come with a price — to your health.
A new study published in the journal Neurology, found that pesticides, which have already been linked to a range of health complications from allergies to lower IQ levels, may also play a role in the development of Parkinson’s.
Parkinson’s is a neurological disease in which motor nerves in the brain lose their ability to function, leading to uncontrolled movements, tremors and difficulty walking and speaking. While genes play some role in the condition, more research is connecting lifestyle and environmental factors to a higher risk of disease.
In the latest review, the researchers reviewed 104 studies that analyzed exposure to pesticides and solvents that kill weeds, fungus, rodents and bug,s, and the risk of Parkinson’s disease. The trials measured things such as whether the participants lived in close proximity to farms or other agricultural plots that use a higher volume of such chemicals, the likelihood of well water consumption, rural living and various occupations that put an individual at a greater or lower risk of exposure.