Farmers throughout the United States apply Roundup on their genetically modified crops. It is the most widely used herbicide marketed to residential and commercial customers in the nation. The chemical glyphosate actively found in Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer has been linked with the occurrence of cancer. In addition, another significant health risk to humans – fatty liver disease – may also prove to be another consequence of exposure to this chemical.
New research sheds light on Roundup’s health risk
A study published in the Journal, Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, details the work of researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine. These researchers studied the urine of patients who had non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). They discovered that the glyphosate levels of patients suffering from liver inflammation and damage were higher than those without these liver issues. The results were reliably uniform regardless of the patient’s body mass index (BMI), race, or age.
NAFLD is the most frequent type of chronic liver disease occurring in developed nations. Patients with this disease are at higher risk for fibrosis progression leading to the development of cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma (cancer).
The researchers of the study report that rodents were given low dosages of glyphosate. Consequently, they displayed signs of liver congestion, hepatotoxicity, DNA damage to liver cells, and necrosis.
There are currently over 13,000 lawsuits in the U.S. related to Monsanto’s flagship product, Roundup. These cases related to the negative health effects of the chemical continue to increase.
The debate on the widespread use and negative public health impact of glyphosate is certain to widen in the aftermath of the newest research connecting fatty liver disease to Monsanto’s Roundup.
What is non-alcoholic fatty liver disease?
Currently about 1/4 of the US population is affected by NAFLD. Some of the risk factors for NAFLD include high triglycerides or high cholesterol in the blood, diabetes, and obesity. However, it is possible to develop the disease without possessing even one of the risk factors mentioned above. This fact raises the question as to whether exposure to glyphosate herbicide is an unidentified risk factor regarding the link between liver disease and Roundup.
Some of the symptoms of NAFLD include appetite loss, weight loss, weakness, fatigue, nausea, jaundice, bruising, spider-like veins under the skin, mental confusion, itching, abdominal pain, and swelling of the abdomen and legs.
NAFLD has the potential to grow into a more serious condition referred to as non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). With this condition, the liver swells and becomes damaged. It is more common among women than men and affects individuals between 40 to 60 years of age. In addition, NASH is one of the top causes of cirrhosis in the nation.
Our adept and experienced Alabama product liability lawyers at Mezrano Law Firm advocate for clients throughout the state with offices in Birmingham, Gadsden, Florence, Mobile, Tuscaloosa, and Montgomery. If you have suffered negative health consequences due to exposure to Monsanto’s Roundup, let us know. You may have the right to recover significant compensation in a product liability case. Take the next step and schedule a free consultation about your case by calling 205.407.1768 or completing our contact form.