Why your household dust could fuel the growth of fat cells
Why your household dust could fuel the growth of fat cells
Published Tuesday 26 March 2019
Researchers have found that the dust in our households may harbor numerous chemicals that may accelerate the development of fat cells, potentially contributing to obesity.
The dust in your house may contain harmful chemicals.
In recent years, researchers and international policymakers have expressed concerns about the effects of endocrine-disrupting chemicals, a class of substances that can interfere with the functioning of the endocrine — or hormone — system.
Such substances are sometimes present in household cleaning products, and even in objects that we use on a daily basis.
Many plastics, for instance, contain phthalates, which are endocrine-disrupting chemicals.
Now, a study led by Christopher Kassotis, Ph.D., from Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment, in Durham, NC, has found evidence suggesting that household dust may promote the development of fat cells. Why? Because this dust can contain endocrine-disrupting chemicals.
"This is some of the first research investigating links between exposure to chemical mixtures present in the indoor environment and metabolic health of children living in those homes," emphasizes Kassotis.
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