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Everyday chemicals linked to chronic disease in men

Date posted: 18 July 2017

Chemicals found in everyday plastic materials are linked to cardiovascular disease, type-2 diabetes and high blood pressure, specifically in men, according to Australian researchers.

Researchers from the University of Adelaide Medical School, the Freemasons Foundation Centre, and the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute investigated the independent association between chronic diseases among men and concentrations of potentially harmful chemicals known as phthalates, which are found in a variety of common consumer products, such as food packaging, wrappings, medications and medical devices, and some children's toys.

The results of the study are now published in the international journal Environmental Research. Researchers found that of the 1500 Australian men tested, phthalates were detected in urine samples of 99.6% of those aged 35 and over.

Age and western diets are directly associated with higher concentrations of phthalates. Previous studies have shown that men who ate less fresh fruit and vegetables and more processed and packaged foods, and drank carbonated soft drinks, have higher levels of phthalates in their urine.

Source: Science Daily


Last updated: 26 July 2017
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