Fluoride Action Network

High Drinking Water Fluoride Associated with Reduced Children Intelligence Levels

Source: The Drinking Water Advisor | January 2nd, 2018

Note from FAN:

The fluoride (F) levels in the 26 studies:

.8 ppm: The lowest level of F in water where reduced IQ was reported
2 ppm or lower: 5 out of 26 studies
Over 2 ppm and under 4 ppm: 12 out of 26 studies. Note that the U.S. Maximum Contaminant Level of fluoride in drinking water is 4 ppm;
Over 4 ppm and under 6 ppm: 7 out of 26 studies.
Over 6 ppm: 2 out of 26 studies.

Duan Q, Jiao J, Chen X, Wang X. Association between water fluoride and the level of children’s intelligence: a dose-response meta-analysis. Public Health. 2017 Dec 4;154:87-97. doi: 10.1016/j.puhe.2017.08.013.

OBJECTIVES: Higher fluoride concentrations in water have inconsistently been associated with the levels of intelligence in children. The following study summarizes the available evidence regarding the strength of association between fluoridated water and children’s intelligence.

STUDY DESIGN: Meta-analysis.

METHODS: PubMed, Embase, and Cochrane Library databases were systematically analyzed from November 2016. Observational studies that have reported on intelligence levels in relation to high and low water fluoride contents, with 95% confidence intervals (CIs) were included. Further, the results were pooled using inverse variance methods. The correlation between water fluoride concentration and intelligence level was assessed by a dose-response meta-analysis.

RESULTS: Twenty-six studies reporting data on 7258 children were included. The summary results indicated that high water fluoride exposure was associated with lower intelligence levels (standardized mean difference : -0.52; 95% CI: -0.62 to -0.42; P < 0.001). The findings from subgroup analyses were consistent with those from overall analysis. The dose-response meta-analysis suggested a significant association between water fluoride dosage and intelligence (P < 0.001), while increased water fluoride exposure was associated with reduced intelligence levels.

CONCLUSIONS: Greater exposure to high levels of fluoride in water was significantly associated with reduced levels of intelligence in children. Therefore, water quality and exposure to fluoride in water should be controlled in areas with high fluoride levels in water.

*Full paper online at http://www.publichealthjrnl.com/article/S0033-3506(17)30295-0/fulltext?showall=true=

*This appeared at https://drinkingwateradvisor.com/2018/01/02/high-drinking-water-fluoride-associated-with-reduced-children-intelligence-levels/