Softeners in shampoos could promote premature death

A study of the effects of phthalates on the human body was published in the journal Environmental Pollution.

This showed a connection between phthalates – which serve as plasticizers – and early death. NYU Langone’s Center for the Investigation of Environmental Hazards in the US analyzed data from more than 5,000 adults between the ages of 55 and 64. Those who had the highest urinary phthalate levels were more likely to die prematurely within ten years than the control group with low phthalate levels.

Heart problems in particular lead to death due to plasticizers in the body.

The American Chemical Association counters that there are many inaccuracies in the study.

The head of the study also indicates: “This is not a finished and representative study, only an association can be made.” An association between the level of phthalates in the body and diseases that lead to death.

Can be found almost everywhere

Phthalates are mainly found in make-up, shampoos, shower gels, soaps or hairspray in order to be able to lock in fragrances for longer. But they are also contained in children’s toys to make objects less fragile, or they are ingested through foods that are sold in packaging containing phthalates.

It has been known for years that plasticizers are hormonally effective. Malfunctions in the brain and immune system can result.

If you want to reduce phthalates, you should avoid fragrances in shower gels and the like, avoid plastics that are dishwasher-safe, and pay attention to ingredients that are listed as DEP, diethyl phthalate, DMP, or dimethyl phthalate – and all substances that end with -phthalate.

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