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29 October 2016

Common Household Chemicals Are Linked to Type 2 Diabetes: Study

From Neel and Sargis (2011), published by the 
American Diabetes Association.  The data includes both
type 1 and type 2 diabetes, but since type 1 is much less
common than type 2, the numbers are generally
representative of type 2 diabetes.
(Choice of image by Editor, "Towards Better Health")
We too often incriminate lack of exercise and poor diet as causes for type 2 diabetes, while environmental factors may play a significant role in contributing to this disease.  (See also
"Diabetes and the Environment".)

These Common Chemicals Are Linked to Type-2 Diabetes: Study
by Justin Worland @justinworland, Time, 
26 October 2016

And that's just one of the ways household chemicals may be harming human health

Common household chemicals found in a wide range of products from carpets to cleaning products can alter hormones and contribute to type-2 diabetes—likely costing Europeans billions of dollars annually, according to new research.

Scientists behind the study, published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, looked at data from seniors in the Swedish city of Uppsala on how exposure to chemicals known to disrupt the endocrine system, like phthalates, PCBs, pesticides and perfluoroalkyls, contributes to obesity and diabetes. Researchers used those findings to study the effects of chemical exposure on Europeans more broadly.

A 25% reduction in exposure to the chemicals studied would result in a 13% drop in cases of diabetes among seniors, according to the research. That would mean 150,000 fewer cases of diabetes and a savings of nearly $5 billion dollars annually.

The study, led by New York University researcher Leonardo Trasande, joins a growing list of research demonstrating the devastating effects of chemicals humans are exposed to on a daily basis. Endocrine disruptingchemicals are found in a wide array of everyday products including furniture, receipts and canned food, to name a few, and can disrupt many different bodily functions.

Another paper published by Trasande last week suggests that household chemicals lead to $340 billion annually in treatment and lost productivity in the U.S. That figure is more than $100 billion lower in Europe, in large part to a different regulatory scheme, but significant problems remain.


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