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Pesticides are extensively used worldwide, which has been reported to influence health conditions and environmental contamination.Current studies are focusing on agriculture workers’ health, whereas there are little data regarding health-related problems of consumers of agricultural products. Thus, the objective of this study was to study serum cholinesterase levels and its relation to health issues in people who consume fresh fruits and vegetables. Eighty-one people of Mueang District, Chonburi Province completed a questionnaire for evaluating the level of consumption behaviors at risk of pesticides. Health checkups were performed and blood samples for diagnostic lab data were collected. Then, subjects were separated into two groups by level of serum cholinesterase greater or less than 2,000 U/ L. Data analysis was computed by using unpaired t-test at statistical significance of 0.05.
We found that systolic blood pressure, mean corpuscular volume and total cholesterol were significantly higher in subjects with serum cholinesterase < 2,000 U/L than the other group (p = .003, p =.049 and p =.034, respectively). Our results indicate that serum cholinesterase level might be a promising parameters for predicting and health-related problems by consuming pesticide residues in fruits and vegetables.
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