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Use of Plastic Containers Linked to Hypertension

Did you know the chemicals used to make plastic food containers contribute to an increased risk for hypertension? In addition, substances found in this common household receptacle are linked to insulin resistance, which is a precursor to diabetes, researchers from NYU Langone Medical Center publicized.

Di-isononyl phthalate (DINP) and di-isodecyl phthalate (DIDP) are the compounds reported to cause a spike in blood pressure. These chemicals replaced the former chemical, di-2-ethylhexylphlatate (DEHP), which was also shown to produce adverse health effects. The phthalate compounds are generally used by manufacturers because it helps strengthen plastic wraps and containers.

In reference to the increased risk for high blood pressure, the researchers discovered a 1.1-mercury-millimeter increase in blood pressure for every 10-fold increase of phthalate compounds consumed.

It was also discovered that insulin resistance was measured at the highest in one out of three adolescents who had the highest DINP levels.

Lead author Dr. Leonardo Trasande has this to say: “Our research adds to growing concerns that environmental chemicals might be independent contributors to insulin resistance, elevated blood pressure, and other metabolic disorders.”

As an alternative to plastic containers, Dr. Trasande suggested the use of wax paper and aluminum wrap and perhaps fresh food that is not packaged in plastic material made with phthalate compounds, he added.

Moreover, he sought for the updating of the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act, calling for more tests on chemicals before their use.

“Our study adds further concern for the need to test chemicals for toxicity prior to their broad and widespread use, which is not required under current federal law,” Dr. Trasande advocated.

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