Fluoride Action Network


The oral administration of sodium fluoride (NaF) (40 mumol/100 body weight [bw]) to fasting rats produced an immediate fall in insulin levels and the consequent increase in glycemia. These phenomena were observed with plasma fluoride concentrations 5-15 microM. Glycemia and insulin returned to normal levels within 4-5 hours, together with the washing out of fluoride from plasma and soft tissues. The insulin secretion of isolated Langerhans islets, perifused with solutions containing 5, 10, or 20 microM fluoride, was found to be significantly inhibited as a function of fluoride levels, both with basal and stimulatory concentrations of glucose. One hour after the intake of 60 mg of NaF, fasting human volunteers showed increased fluoride (5-15 microM) together with a significant fall of plasma insulin levels.


“The data reported in this paper indicate that the transient fluoride increase after an oral dose produces a transitory inhibition of insulin secretion with hyperglycemia as a consequence. . . . The phenomenon was also observed in human beings.”