(STUDY FINDS) – Toxic chemicals bleeding out of plastic don’t just make the user sick, they can affect the metabolic health of an entire family. Researchers from the University of California-Riverside say fathers exposed to chemicals in plastics which affect metabolic health can pass that damage to their children for two generations.
Plastics can be dangerous because they contain hormone-disrupting chemicals that have a connection to several chronic diseases, including diabetes and obesity. So far, scientists have been focusing more on how plastic exposure affects mothers, instead of fathers.
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In this new study, the team examined the impact of paternal exposure to a substance called dicyclohexyl phthalate (DCHP), which manufacturers add to plastic to increase its durability. They look at this impact on the metabolic health of the first (F1) and second (F2) generations of mice models. Their experiments reveal that DCHP exposure for four weeks results in high insulin resistance and impaired insulin signaling in both F1 and F2 offspring, though it was weaker in the second generation.
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