Plastics Chemicals Linked To Diabetes in Women, Blacks, Hispanics

New research from Harvard scientists indicates that Blacks, Mexican Americans, and women living in poverty face the highest levels of exposure to toxic chemicals, such as phthlates, found in plastics. Hormone-disrupting chemicals found in plastics and other household items such as cosmetics and perfumes have long been associated with higher rates of obesity and diabetes, as well as metabolic disorders. Some have been banned from use in children's toys due to concerns about possible health impacts.

The new study offers evidence that links chemicals in plastics to higher rates of diabetes and obesity, though more research is still needed.

Read more on this story from Environmental Health News, or read the study abstract from the National Institute of Health.

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