Researchers from the Centre for Ecosystem Management and the School of Exercise and Health Sciences are conducting research into the exposure of women to metals in Perth, Western Australia. The study aims to investigate whether there is any relationship between metals concentrations older women are exposed to and bone and kidney health.
International research is beginning to suggest that for certain metals such as lead or cadmium, continual levels of low level exposure may be associated with decreased bone density, and an increased risk of osteoporotic fracture and also may affect the function of the kidneys. At the moment little is known about the exposure of older women to metals in Australia, and in particular whether or not they are exposed to metals at levels which may result in health effects.
The research team are aiming to recruit 80 non-smoking women who are 50 years of age or older. The study will require participants to attend the Edith Cowan University’s Health and Wellness Institute in Joondalup to have a bone density scan. At the bone density scan appointment participants will be asked to provide a blood and urine sample. These samples will be analysed for a range of metals and will also be tested for markers of bone and kidney health.
For more information on this study contact Dr Anna Callan.