BBC: UK Government Should Put Lithium In Tap Water

Friday, August 25, 2017
By Paul Martin

Sean Adl-Tabatabai
August 25, 2017

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is advocating for a nationwide introduction of mandatory lithium in drinking water across the United Kingdom.

Citing research out of Denmark, the BBC suggests that putting lithium in tap water will lower the risk of people developing dementia.

BBC News reports: The study, at the University of Copenhagen, looked at the medical records of 73,731 Danish people with dementia and 733,653 without the disease.

Tap water was then tested in 151 areas of the country.

The results, published in JAMA Psychiatry, showed moderate lithium levels (between 5.1 and 10 micrograms per litre) increased the risk of dementia by 22% compared with low levels (below five micrograms per litre).

However, those drinking water with the highest lithium levels (above 15 micrograms per litre) had a 17% reduction in risk.

The researchers said: “This is the first study, to our knowledge, to investigate the association between lithium in drinking water and the incidence of dementia.

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