Occupational Exposure to Aluminium and Cognitive Impairment

Aluminium industry has been producing more than a century of history. Aluminium is a light metal which is widely used in industrial applications. Occupational aluminium workers are an important source for high exposure Al population. With the world’s demand for aluminium and the increasing production, between 2007 and 2016, primary Al production in China increased by 251% which shows that a growing number of workers are being exposed to Al. Occupational aluminium exposure to the health of the population has become increasingly prominent. Al is a well-established neurotoxicant and is suspected to be linked with various neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and MCI. Studies on workers exposed to aluminium have revealed disturbances in cognitive function. This study reviews the relationship between occupational exposure to aluminium and cognitive impairment.

Author: Lu X. ; Full Source: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology. 2018; 1091:85-97. doi: 10.1007/978-981-13-1370-7_5.