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PCBs as environmental pollutants is found in plastics and in contaminated water and is difficult to get rid of because it is stored for a long time in wildlife.

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Too much fish consumption can increase the risk of stroke - new Swedish study

Too much fish can increase the risk of stroke - new Swedish study
Wednesday, 18 July 2012
A new study has show that eating too much fish can increase the risk of getting stroke. This detracts from the advices given my diet experts that fish is good for us,

Nevertheless, it looks like it is the fishes commonly found in the Baltic waters that might be more dangerous. The report holds that high levels of toxic pollutants, which is mainly found in Baltic Sea fish, could increase the risk of stroke, a new Swedish study show according to Swedish television.

"You should probably be wary of eating fatty fish from the Baltic too often, but it is primarily nursing young mothers who should be extra careful because PCBs are passed on through breast milk," says Lars Lind, professor of cardiovascular epidemiology at the University of Uppsala, to Swedish television.

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The environmental toxin PCB and pesticide DDT, are both banned in Sweden, but there are still a great portion stored in the food we eat. Among other things, they are in full fat dairy products and especially fatty fish from the Baltic Sea.

The new study, which Lars Lind, together with international colleagues for many years have enabled them to followed nearly 1,000 people are now showing that people with high levels of PCBs and DDT are at double the risk of stroke.

"There is no way to bring down the values as they can only be broken down in the body, slowly but surely," says Lars Lind.

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