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Chemical in plastics and personal care products linked to heart disease

Plastics and personal care products contain a chemical that has been related to heart disease.

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A recent study reveals that exposure to chemicals called phthalates, which are found in many common plastics, may be associated with an increased risk of dying from cardiovascular disease.

Phthalates, often known as plasticizers, are used to make vinyl polymers soft and flexible. They are extensively utilized in industrial food processing, medical devices, and vinyl construction materials, as well as personal care products such as shampoos and lotions.

The study enrolled 5,303 persons (median age 57) who participated in a nationwide health survey and gave urine samples for phthalate exposure assessment. The researchers then tracked the participants' causes of death over the next decade. After adjusting for potential confounding variables, they discovered that exposure to phthalates was related to a slightly increased chance of dying from any cause, but particularly cardiovascular disease.

Earlier studies indicated that exposure to phthalates, which are known to disrupt the activity of human hormones, may be associated with an increased risk of obesity and diabetes. However, the precise biological link between these potential health problems and heart disease is unknown and requires additional research. Environmental Pollution published the findings online on Oct. 12, 2021.

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