per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances linked to diabetes | 與糖尿病有關的全氟和多氟烷基物質

per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) is commonly used in products as a water repelling agent.  Household products with PFAS include

  • Some grease-resistant paper, fast food containers/wrappers, microwave popcorn bags, pizza boxes, and candy wrappers 
  • Nonstick cookware 
  • Stain resistant coatings used on carpets, upholstery, and other fabrics 
  • Water resistant clothing 
  • Cleaning products 
  • Personal care products (shampoo, dental floss) and cosmetics (nail polish, eye makeup) 
  • Paints, varnishes, and sealants 

(cited from a CDC article)

Now  study links exposure to PFAS to elevated risk of diabetes.

According to United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), exposure to this class of toxic chemicals may increase risk of a number of other health conditions including: (cited from CDC)

  • Increased cholesterol levels
  • Decreased vaccine response in children
  • Changes in liver enzymes
  • Increased risk of high blood pressure or pre-eclampsia in pregnant women
  • Small decreases in infant birth weights
  • Increased risk for kidney or testicular cancer

For more information on PFAS and its health effects, read here.

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