Flame retardants, also known as PBDEs, are associated with a risk of developing diabetes in people over 18 years of age. Recent studies have shown that these chemicals have been found in almost every household in the United States. Flame-retardant chemicals cause diabetes in mice exposed to mice through their mother, Medicalxpress.com noted.
“Mice received PBDE from their mothers while in the womb and in infancy through breast milk through breast milk. Long after exposure to chemicals in adulthood, the woman developed diabetes.
Especially attacks women
PBDE can be found in every home. This solution is used in furniture, interior decoration and electronics to prevent fire. All subjects tested had glucose intolerance characteristic of diabetes, high levels of fasting glucose, insensitivity to insulin, and low insulin levels in the blood.
“We need to find out if babies exposed to PBDE become diabetic children and adults. The most harmful PBDEs have been banned from production and import into the United States, but the improper recycling of products containing them continues to be in water, soil and air. It’s dealing with PBDE, researchers say.
Researchers continue to find it in blood, fat, fetal tissue and breast milk in countries around the world. Given the previous associations with diabetes in adult men and women and pregnant women, Dr. Margarita Curras-Collazo and her team sought to understand if these chemicals could have detrimental effects on children of mothers exposed to PBDE. However, such studies are only possible in mice.
“This study is unique because we tested both mothers and children for all the features of human diabetes,” Curras-Collazo said. “This type of test has not been performed so far, especially for female offspring.”
The researchers gave the mice’s mothers PBDE at low levels comparable to the average exposure to the human environment during pregnancy and lactation.
All baby mice developed glucose intolerance, high fasting blood sugar levels, insulin insensitivity, and low blood insulin levels, which are all hallmarks of diabetes. In addition, the researchers found that babies’ livers had high levels of endocannabinoids, molecules linked to appetite, metabolism, and obesity.
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