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Phthalates and Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals: Commonly found in products with severe consequences

An article published by Joseph Guzman on October 12th, 2021, for The Hill exposes the potential harm of phthalates (used for flexibility) found in detergents, cosmetics, food packaging, soaps, and shampoos. The chemicals in phthalates have been known to interfere with the body’s hormonal system. This article summarizes a research study published by New York University’s Grossman School of Medicine. Their study found that among individuals aged 55 to 64 years old, increased phthalate concentrations were linked to a premature death from any cause, especially from heart disease (the leading cause of the death in the United States annually).

Leonardo Trasande, the study’s lead author, stated, “our findings reveal that increased phthalate exposure is linked to early death, particularly due to heart disease.” Nevertheless, the researcher’s emphasized that additional research needs to be done before any direct cause-effect relationship can be drawn between phthalates and premature deaths.

For more information visit the original article here.

For the research paper published by New York University Grossman School of Medicine click here.

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