Finding it hard to shed the last few kilos? Then maybe it’s time to deep-clean your house. Say what now?!
As crazy as it sounds, scientists in the U.S. have found that the chemicals found in household dust could potentially trigger obesity!
Our minds have officially been blown…
Chemicals in household dust could trigger obesity, a new study has found
Researchers at Duke University published a study with the Endocrine Society which reveals that household dust contains chemicals, such as detergents, paints and plastics, which trigger triglycerides, a type of fat in the blood.
These endocrine-disrupters mimic human hormones and these hormones can cause our natural body mechanisms to start storing fat and cause fat cells to gather together.
Two hundred dust samples from homes in North Carolina were examined and experts found more than one hundred chemicals within the dust. Seventy of these chemicals were found to potentially influence the development of fat cells.
“We found that two-thirds of dust extracts were able to promote fat-cell development and half promote precursor fat-cell proliferation at 100 micrograms, or approximately 1,000 times lower levels than what children consume on a daily basis,” Duke University postdoctoral research fellow Dr Christopher Kassotis said in a press statement.
“This suggests that mixtures of chemicals occurring in the indoor environment might be driving these effects.”
Children are believed to digest between 60 and 100mg of dust a day
Those who are said to be most vulnerable from these dust samples are children. Tots are often found crawling on the floor and putting things found on the ground in their mouth.
In fact, young children are believed to digest between 60 and 100 mg of dust every day, according to News.com.au.
“This is some of the first research investigating links between exposure to chemical mixtures present in the indoor environment and metabolic health of children living in those homes,” says Dr. Kassotis.
“We found that two thirds of dust extracts were able to promote fat cell development and half promote precursor fat cell proliferation at 100 micrograms, or approximately 1000 times lower levels than what children consume on a daily basis.”
More research needs to be done into the link between dust and obesity.
However, if you’re worried then you can always do a quick run around with the duster more regularly in the meantime!
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