A study from New York University warned, on Tuesday, that daily exposure to a chemical it described as being used in almost everything, from plastic packaging to makeup, may be the cause of about 100,000 deaths among older Americans annually..
The material is phthalates (Phthalate)The study says that it “affects hormones and endocrine glands, and is present in hundreds of products such as toys, clothes, and shampoos,” according to what was published by the “Science Alert” website.
The study said that toxins can enter the body through such a substance, and it is linked to obesity, diabetes and heart disease.
The study, conducted by the Grossman School of Medicine at New York University, and included about 5,000 adults between the ages of 55 and 64, showed that those with higher concentrations of phthalates in their urine were more likely to die from heart disease..
However, higher concentrations of phthalates do not appear to increase the risk of dying from cancer, according to the study.
“Increased exposure to phthalates is associated with early death, particularly from heart disease,” said one of the study’s researchers, Leonardo Trasandi.
He pointed out that “the study does not confirm the direct relationship between exposure to phthalates and death, because the biological mechanisms of this relationship are not yet clear.”
“Our research indicates that the toll from this chemical to society is much greater than we initially thought,” Trasande said.
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