Uranium toxicity may be causing high rates of obesity and diabetes in Kuwait

Researchers collected saliva samples from 94 children once in 2012 and again in 2014.
All of the children were healthy at the start of the study, but approximately half of them developed obesity and metabolic syndrome two years later. When analyzing differences in metabolites found in saliva samples, Goodson and his colleagues discovered elevated levels of a biomarker for uranium toxicity were present in the saliva of children who became obese.
The results were published recently in Frontiers in Endocrinology.