Recently, a study conducted by NYU Langone Medical Center’s researchers has found that the use of two chemicals, namely the DINP and the DIDP in plastic packaging, poses health risks, especially for children and adolescents.
Around ten years back, the chemicals – di-isononyl phthalate (DINP) and di-isodecyl phthalate (DIDP), emerged as an alternative to the dangerous phthalate – di-2-ethylhexyl phlatate (DEHP,) in the manufacture of plastic bags.
However, people using plastic containers with DEHP were found to have developed high blood pressure.
Initially, the study of DEHP was conducted by Dr. Leonardo Trasande, a professor at the NYU Medical Center. Now, he has decided to take a closer look at the two alternatives that have replaced DEHP in plastic packaging.
Children’s Health at Risk Due to Chemicals Used in Plastic Packaging
The sample size of the survey conducted by Dr. Leonardo and team was 365. It contained urine samples of children between 12 to 19 years of age.
The objective of the study was to measure the levels of DINP and DIDP in the subjects’ urine and also their insulin resistance.
The analysis of the study stated that there was a strong link between high phthalate levels used in plastic packaging and the subjects’ insulin resistance.
It was found that high contains of phthalate levels made subjects’ more prone to diabetes.
In the second phase of the study, urine samples from over 1,300 adolescents aged between 8 and 19 years were analysed.
The objective was to find out the relation between phthalate levels and blood pressure. The study revealed that higher the usage of phthalate is, higher is the tendency of hypertension.
Dr. Leonardo told how their research indicates these harmful chemicals might be independent contributors to high blood pressure, insulin resistance and other metabolic ailments.
The study suggested that plastic packaging should immediately be replaced with wax paper or aluminium foil.
It also recommended consumption of fresh food as the best option as it would help avoid dangerous chemicals that are used in the production of plastic bags.
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