Household Chemicals Cause Diabetes and Obesity

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The chemicals, contained in household items, such as plastics, mattresses, as well as components of paints, are partly associated with obesity and diabetes.

Household Chemicals

The experts of CHEM Trust, a British NGO, that works to protect the people and the environment from harmful chemicals, believe that such substances (pesticides, paint components, diesel, flame retardants, plastic components used for food containers) may be partially responsible for the crisis of obesity and the increasing level of diabetes cases in developed countries.

According to the Review of the Science Linking Chemical Exposures to the Human Risk of Obesity and Diabetes, chemical substances enter the food chain and are stored in the body, causing fat accumulation, changes in appetite and decrease in the rate of metabolic processes. The authors of the report are two academicians from the University of North California and the North Korean National University. The document also notes that unborn children and pregnant women face a particular risk. The scientists urged the governments of developed countries to consider the possibility of changing state health policy, particularly in the sphere of prevention of endocrine disorders.

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