Systems Affected By Lead
An increase in the amount of lead within the body can produce a variety of symptoms. The main organs that are affected are brain, kidneys, testes and ovaries. Other organs can have lead toxicity if the levels are high enough.
Lead toxicity affects the reproductive organs and this metallic lead can be deposited within the testes and ovaries. This can result in having a negative affect on a couple’s ability to have a child.
Lead toxicity affects the gastrointestinal system to produce nausea, vomiting, lack of appetite, constipation, weight loss, lack of energy and abdominal pain. This toxicity can affect the circulatory system to produce anemia and abnormal red blood cells.
Lead toxicity within the kidneys is also quite serious. Adults will have high uric acid levels and the person might be mistaken for having gout. Children will have a decrease in the amount of urine they produce and show signs of dehydration.
When lead gets into the central and peripheral nervous system it can affect the nerves to cause foot and wrist drop, muscle weakness, mental and behavioral problems, headaches, irritability, disturbed sleep, hearing loss, seizures, hallucinations, coma and death.