Researchers from Novi Sad University in Serbia have observed that substances such as phthalates penetrate the human body from surrounding household items. These chemicals are regularly used in the manufacture of plastic products. They are, in particular, present in food packaging, cosmetics, shampoos, bottled water, and perfumes.
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Scientists studied the phthalates that are absorbed by humans, and then compared the absorption rates of chemicals with body weight, diabetes, and also with the liver and metabolic function.
Phthalates can cause serious illness.
They found that people with a greater effect of phthalates on the body had significant insulin resistance, cholesterol, and liver damage. All these problems, according to scientists, are closely associated with an increased risk of developing diabetes, obesity and heart disease.
Past research has also pointed to the dangers of these chemicals in consumer goods and household items. In particular, scientists from the University of California at Berkeley found that the phthalates contained in many toothpastes, soaps and shampoos tend to destroy the endocrine system and negatively affect hormones in children, contributing to the early onset of puberty.
Scientists note that the impact of chemicals in consumer goods still requires additional research, but at the same time they recommend using plastic products as little as possible.
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