Study by Expert in India Finds Fluoride Avoidance Reduces Pregnancy Risks

Dr. AK Susheela, fluoride expert in India reported in a 2010 study in Current Science (pdf) that fluoride avoidance reduced anemia in pregnant women, decreased pre-term births, and enhanced babies’ birth-weight.

From the concluding paragraphs of the study:

Evaluating the background information retrieved from the pregnant women belonging to the sample and control groups is informative in the sense that in the sample group, members of a household are from a minimum of 2 to a maximum of 12. In the control group the maximum number was 7 and not beyond. The income per day varies from a minimum of Rs 83 (US$ 2.0) to a maximum of Rs 500/day (US$ 12.5) in the sample group. In control group, the income was a minimum of Rs 66 (US$ 11.5) to a maximum of Rs 300/day (US$ 7.5). The per capita income in the sample and control groups is a meagre amount. It ought to be noted that the pregnant women never came alone but were accompanied by family members. To and fro transport charges for two at frequent  intervals may be beyond the means of the family. It would appear therefore that the cash availability was a deterrent for frequent hospital visits. This would also suggest that there may be constraints in the purchasing power for food as well and is likely to have an adverse impact.

This analysis also brings out the fact that application of intervention and number of visits by the subject for regular antenatal follow-up are interdependent. This means that, even if a particular subject is put under an intervention program, the subject may or may not visit for regular antenatal follow-up. However, for success/ effectiveness of interventions, subject’s number of visits (contacts) for antenatal follow-up should be highly associated with application of intervention. And, we should be expecting this to be so. This clearly indicates that there is a missing link here.

This brings up a question – ‘Are there any specific factors that govern how many times the subject is likely to be present for regular antenatal follow-ups?’ This is tested through a regression analysis. Table 11 depicts a snapshot of factors influencing number of contacts/visits.

It is observed that there is a significant influence of application of intervention on the subject and the locality type where the subject comes from on the number of subject’s visits.  Subject’s locality type is observed to be a highly significant factor determining number of contacts by the subject. The negative sign indicates that the number of contacts declines from government locality to a slum area. We further performed a similar analysis only for subjects from the slum areas and, apparently, none of the factors explains any specific influence on the slum dweller’s behavior. There appears to be more for further investigation.

 The first factor (application of intervention) throws up a bit of a confusing result to which we do not have a concrete answer at the moment. We could dig deeper into this relationship in a further analysis of our subsequent intervention programs.  Though fluoridation of a variety of products is still in vogue in many nations, it is difficult to overlook the high percentage of pregnant women exposed to fluoride ingestion and being anemic in developing countries. A simple procedure of assessing fluoride in urine and Hb levels in women is adequate to introduce interventions for controlling anemia in such high percentage of pregnant women. It is evident from the data reported in this communication that maternal and child under-nutrition and anemia is not necessarily due to insufficient food intake but because of the derangement of nutrient absorption due to damage caused to GI, mucosa by ingestion of undesirable chemical substance, viz. fluoride through food, water and other sources. These aspects have so far been unexplored, and this is the first time such a possibility is investigated and results reported. The findings of this approach in the context of anemia in pregnancy provide a new path for reducing the burden of disabled and mentally challenged children25,27 by reducing percentage of low birth weight babies.

In a small percentage in sample group, though the urine fluoride was reduced, Hb did not rise. Low per capita income and not consuming adequate nutritive diet and possibly other reasons such as low thyroid hormone for nonproduction of adequate RBCs need to be explored.  In conclusion, a novel and effective intervention  approach therefore has scope for reducing anemia in pregnancy and improve birth weight of babies. Fluoride toxicity, as a risk factor was never considered even in the highly endemic regions for fluoride and fluorosis in India and around the globe. This is the first report dealing with fluoride, pregnancy, anemia, low birth weight babies and the linkages to act upon for the benefit of maternal and reproductive child health programs.

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