Premature Deaths Linked to Hormone-Disrupting Phthalate Chemicals – Chemical Free Life

A new study has revealed that daily exposure to toxic chemicals called phthalates, commonly used in the manufacture of plastic food containers and many cosmetics, may lead to roughly 100,000 premature deaths among older Americans every year.

For decades, phthalates have been shown to pose a potential danger to human health because the chemicals can interfere with the function of hormones, signaling compounds made in glands that circulate to influence processes throughout the body, experts say. Exposure is believed to occur through buildup of these toxins as consumer products break down and are ingested, with exposure linked to obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.

Results revealed that of the more than 5,000 adults between the ages of 55 and 64 studied,  those with the highest concentrations of phthalate in their urine were more likely to die of heart disease than those with lesser exposure.

Premature Deaths Linked to Hormone-Disrupting Phthalate Chemicals – Chemical Free Life