(ORDO NEWS) — Researchers from the University of California at Riverside have found that the toxic effects of plastic can be passed on to offspring after two generations.
In particular, a common compound in the composition of many polymers caused disturbances in the functioning of insulin.
The study was conducted on male mice that were exposed to endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDC) in plastics. These compounds may cause an increased risk of many chronic diseases.
Previous work has shown that the effects of plastics on EDC (in the form of metabolic disorders) can affect children and grandchildren.
The scientists now looked at the effects of dicyclohexyl phthalate (DCHP) on first (F1) and second (F2) paternal offspring. In plastic materials, these phthalates are needed for greater strength.
It turned out that when the male was in contact with DCHP for four weeks, F1 developed insulin resistance and impaired transmission of this hormone.
The same effect, but less pronounced, was observed in F2. This study is the first to demonstrate this effect of dicyclohexyl phthalate.
The authors emphasize that the health effects of DCHP are not well understood, despite the fact that this substance is widely used in various plastic products.
It has already been found in food, water, indoor particulate matter, and human urine and blood samples.
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