Common household chemicals linked to chronic disease in men, study finds

ADELAIDE, Australia — Are common products inside our homes potentially the cause of serious health conditions? New research indicates that everyday chemicals are linked to chronic diseases in men.

A team of researchers from the University of Adelaide and the South Australian and Medical Research Institute carried out the research focusing on phthalates, which are common chemicals that most of us come into contact with daily.

A new study finds that chemicals found in common household products are linked to a greater risk of chronic conditions in men.

Phthalates are often found in a variety of consumer goods including children’s toys, food packaging and medications. (This PDF from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences explains how to determine if products contain phthalates.)

In December 2013, California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment officially listed diisononyl phthalate, a commonly used phthalate, as a chemical “known to the state of California to cause cancer.” Later, in April 2016, a “No Significant Risk Level” was established at 146ug per day for the same phthalate.

The researchers performed observations on 1,500 men from South Australia. The team found phthalates levels were detected in the urine of more than 99% of those 35 years or older. The lead author of the study, Zumin Shi, specified that high phthalate levels correlated with a likeliness of suffering from some the most prominent chronic diseases in the United States.

“We found that the prevalence of cardiovascular disease, type-2 diabetes and high blood pressure increased among those men with higher phthalate levels,” says Shi, an associate professor at the Adelaide Medical School and the Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men’s Health, in a university press release.

“Importantly, while 82% of the men we tested were overweight or obese – conditions known to be associated with chronic diseases – when we adjusted for this in our study, the significant association between high levels of phthalates and disease was not substantially altered,” adds Shi.

Previous research found that men who frequently ate processed foods, drank sodas, and consumed fewer fruits and vegetables showed higher levels phthalates.

In the current study, levels remained the same even when socio-economic status and healthy habits were taken into consideration.

Shi suggested that although the studies were performed on men, it is likely that similar results would appear in studies with women.

“While further research is required, reducing environmental phthalates exposure where possible, along with the adoption of healthier lifestyles, may help to reduce the risk of chronic disease,” he adds.

The findings were published in the October 2017 edition of the journal Environmental Research.


  1. Phthalates are used in plastics in minute quantities to make the plastic less brittle. Articles like this one are click bait.

  2. ” “Importantly, while 82% of the men we tested were overweight or obese – conditions known to be associated with chronic diseases – when we adjusted for this in our study, the significant association between high levels of phthalates and disease was not substantially altered,” adds Shi. ”

    In other words, ‘when we applied our wild ass guess to support the conclusion we wanted we found it really, really WAS the stupid thingies that no one knows how to spell so we made up a dumb spelling just for that’

    1. Look up the effects of phthalates and other plastics on the endocrine system. There’s a plethora of data on it. Start with polytetrafluoroethylene.

      1. No need, you probably worry enough for both of us. By the way, where’s my pink slime, I liked that stuff. I saw they were winning their lawsuit against the “journalists” that started that story.

  3. A few years ago the US Government released a landmark study on vitamin use in the US. The study resurfaces every few months in headline news. The study was a very expensive 20 year longitudinal study which concluded that US citizens spend billions of dollars on worthless vitamins. Urged people to stop taking them. As researchers, we analysed the study design and presented it in an academic medical grand rounds. The study was 100% worthless and could not draw any conclusions based on the design. So why would the US spend all that money doing a 20 year study that could draw no valid conclusions? The obvious reason is they have a vested interest in getting people to stop taking vitamins. Perhaps people are living too long which costs the government.

  4. We need to ban salt….for god sakes people…it’s made from two very deadly ingredients. It’s time our government takes control of these dangerous products that nature makes.

    1. Phthalates are plastics…we’ve known for decades that they cause numerous health issues. This is not the first study to have these kind of results.

      1. There any many things dangerous both man made and by nature. If it worries you fine don’t use it then.

        1. I avoid them. Not sure why it triggers you so much to educate people on the matter. Plastics disrupt the endocrine system. How healthy are you, Will?

          1. I’m very fine thank you heart beats like a 17 year old…my biggest worry in life was not smoking or what I ate it was bullets they shot at me in vietnam .

          2. So because I don’t believe in all the bs studies or even care I’m a bad person and have no integrity. There are more important things in life to worry about than what’s in a cleaning product or plastics.

          3. I’m neither a moron nor a modern liberal. You could consider me a classical liberal, I suppose.

            You’re simply not a smart man. It’s fine, if you weren’t trying to valor steal and actually were in Vietnam, then you were exposed to a plethora of chemicals that destroy your health; including brain function. No one should have been forced into being exposed to those.

  5. Give me enough federal and state grant money and I will prove there are people living on the sun.

  6. So 1800 obese Aussie males with poor nutritional habits filled out a questionnaire and submitted a pee sample. Additionally 99% 35 and older show phthalate – just an irrelevant side note. It’s obvious: arsenic from rice, mercury from seafood and methyl bromide from fruit and veggie pesticide. These are the culprits behind cardio, metabolic and hypertensive diseases. Whose the knucklehead who assumed a couple micrograms phthalate was the causative factor?

  7. Anyone who believes anything any agency ,person or government official says from California needs their heads studied. I just bought a surround sound system and when I opened it there was a warning paper in it. “This unit does not meet California epa regulations”….Are you shi**ing me?. California breaking off and floating out to the pacific and sinking can not come soon enough.

  8. I think it’s the oxygen we breath. Oxygen causes all major diseases. Just think everyone who has had a heart attack inhales this deadly gas its a wonder more people haven’t died.

  9. Sugary foods and lack of exercise will take a toll on a person. Yet in spite of it all, people are living longer.

    1. Longer, but not healthier. We have made a surprisingly effective industry out of keeping direly ill people alive in the modern age.

  10. I read this article while sitting outdoors in California. The sky is that silver/gray regularly observed since geo-engineering doubled-down on the UN Program to basically poison every man, woman, and child along with the entire ecosystem. Where is MSM? Why are so few speaking out? There’s not much time left folks. The anti-Christ system is almost complete, and it’s a system for the total control of mankind. Save yourself from this wicked generation. Jesus still saves!

  11. Near the bottom of the article:
    “Previous research found that men who frequently ate processed foods, drank sodas, and consumed fewer fruits and vegetables showed higher levels phthalates.”
    So then, a perfect example of correlation not equalling causation. In this case, an unhealthy lifestyle results in both chronic disease and elevated levels of phthalates. They are both effects, neither is causal.
    The cause of both is a chronically unhealthy lifestyle.

  12. The real danger to America was not gay Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting a filthy gay muslim sodomite like 0bama with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of a gay Obama presidency than to restore the necessary,commonsense ,Godliness and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a creature for their president.

    The problem is much deeper and far more serious than muslim Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America . Blaming the prince of the gay fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. “The Republic can survive a gay muslim like Obama, who is, after all, merely a gay fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their president.”

  13. Bad chronic. In July of 2016. it was discovered that I got type 2 diabetes, By the end of the July month. I was given a prescription for the Metformin, I stated with the ADA diet and followed it completely for several weeks but was unable to get my blood sugar below 140, Without results to how for my hard work. I really panicked and called my doctor. His response?? Deal with it yourself, I started to feel that something wasn’t right and do my own research, Then I found Lisa’s great blog (google ” HOW EVER I FREED MYSELF FROM THE DIABETES ” ) .. I read it from cover to cover and I started with the diet and by the next morning. my blood sugar was 100, Since then. I get a fasting reading between the mid 70s and 80s, My doctor was very surprised at the results that. the next week. he took me off the Metformin drug, I lost 30 pounds in my first month and lost more than 6 inches off my waist and I’m able to work out twice a day while still having lots of energy. The truth is that we can get off the drugs and help myself by trying natural methods..

  14. So “happy” the the “state of California”, an inanimate object, knows so much. What does it read?

  15. MIT and UC Berkeley got concerned enough about junk to look into it. They determined that 67% of “medical” studies were incorrect, flawed and dishonest to the point of fraud. They are setting up, hopefully, a sort of Snopes for science.

    1. Sure, trust UC Berkeley to root out fraud.
      I’d laugh but I simply don’t have any left in my tank.

      1. Progressive, PC chicanery aside, the last time I checked, MIT and UCB were still highly regarded in the sciences and healthcare.

  16. “Importantly, while 82% of the men we tested were overweight or obese…”
    That pretty much blows up the claim that phthalates are the problem as far as I am concerned.

      1. By choosing a dramatically unbalanced sample set from the very beginning of the experiment.

        1. Unbalanced? Do you know the % of the population that are overweight in the US…? 82% is a fairly accurate representation.

          1. Barely tops 50%, unless you conveniently “redefine” overweight, which has happened several times over the years, to where we now use the laughable BMI scale, where a weightlifter with 2% body fat can be classified as obese.

        2. First of all, they adjusted for that. Secondarily, it really doesn’t matter, since they’re looking for, and finding, phthalate effect on an arbitrary population. It doesn’t need to be representative.

  17. There is also a strong positive correlation between wearing shoes and having heart attacks. So are shoes the causative factor? I think NOT!

  18. The rise of the use of plastics containing phthalates coincides with the rise of the use of High Fructose Corn Syrup.

  19. So according to the last paragraph, eat less junk food, lead a healthier lifestyle, and you will be “healthier”? Go figure. But, a tiny trace amount of a chemical found in packaging is what’s causing you to not exercise and be fat. Sure, if you say so.

  20. Ok, so it wasn’t the twinkles, soda, deep fried cheese sticks with ranch dressing, or that slightly melted “to go” container that you ate from the microwave last night that gave you explosive colon disease. It was the plastic wrapper. This is where we are at in America today.

    1. UH, no? Why?
      You know those people at the food stores who try to buy “Real Food” instead of just the cheaper and easier to eat Processed Food are such pains.

  21. I now have my justification for my wife. I will relegate my chores to the garage, under the hood, and in the yard.

  22. What a useless article. What were the brands this stuff is in? Is it soap? carpet cleaner? window cleaner?

  23. Ummm where did they establish which is the cause and which is the effect?? So men over 35 with those conditions have higher levels? Did they establish anywhere whether the higher levels were because those men had those conditions or those conditions were caused by higher levels? It seems the former is more likely true since it only seems to be significant after 35. Wouldn’t that indicate that the presence of elevated levels can be an indicator of those conditions (ie a canary in the coal mine) and not the cause of them? It is unlikely that all of the sudden increased exposure happens at 35, but rather something in their system is failing that prevents dealing with that chemical that may also indicate the system isn’t functioning properly as a whole.

    This seems substantiated by this “Previous research found that men who frequently ate processed foods, drank sodas, and consumed fewer fruits and vegetables showed higher levels phthalates.”

    So in this instance the presence of phthalates is a tangential product of an unhealthy diet, it has nothing to do with the results of that unhealthy diet.

    Scientists or journalist, or both, once again failing to establish a cause/effect relationship that is a basic premise of making a scientific claim and the scientific process.

  24. Idiotic study. they take obese people from lower economic levels and then blame a chemical on all their ills, finishing the study with the admonition to eat healthy and exercise. I presume he got paid for this? And by the way, EVERYTHING causes cancer in California, according to liberal loons who run the state.

  25. 82% were overweight, but they “adjusted” for that. kinda like they “adjust” global temps to validate their preconceived conclusion.

    1. yes, when i order products online made of plastic, there is now a california disclaimer that some substance in them might cause cancer…MIGHT. don’t buy round up weed killer you’ll die, or at least if you live in california

  26. We took a study full of obese men with lousy eating habits and corresponding medical issues and showed conclusively that this obscure chemical, in very minute concentrations, was the culprit. Huh?

    1. Phthalates are plastics…we’ve known for decades the health impacts that they have. This study found nothing new.

      How healthy are you, Earl…?

      1. Actually they are in plastics in minute quantities to make the plastic softer and less brittle. They are not the major constituent in plastics.

    1. The arsenic in the iced beverage your wife brings her hard working husband can be hard to detect I hear……hell, if you have a wife who would put out that kind of effort you have a keeper these days. Most men will never have to worry about their wives killing them slowly with dish soap, gift packaging toilet cleaner or even hot exhaust from a vacuum cleaner.

  27. What if there was a complete moratorium on ‘scientific’ health studies for, say, 10 years?

    Would we be better or less well off?

  28. If you haven’t figured it out by now, you’re not paying attention; We are being summarily murdered, slowly, en masse, Our air, water, food and medicine are delivery vehicles for the poisons which decimate our systems…It is the fault of all the mind controlled programmed idiots who cry about “overpopulation” …Careful what you wish for…It’s too late for us; U.N Agenda 21 was implemented in 2011, Which changed the food systems drastically. it was estimated that 3 billion people would die from that…It looks like they are well on the way…The updated version Agenda 2030 is even more insidious…”Sustainable development” …SMH…You people have no clue what you’re up against.

    1. Yes, but next time please give the Alex Jones screed with better grammar and punctuation. We are awake, thank you.

    2. You are so right, the Sheeple don’t know the real story about Agenda 21, or Agenda 2030. The UN is not our friend, neither are the Socialist in our country.

    3. Yeah, yeah, yeah. You sound like those cranky old men in their 70’s and 80’s back in the town hall meetings about water fluoridation. Something about the adulteration of the water supply. Gawd. Well here is the toast of my Mega Gulper tow behind High fructose Corn Syrup sled never emptying self icing trailer.
      Gawd. Just writing this reply is making me consume some more vitamin infused sugar fortified sugar bars and want some more sugar sweetened herbal salad.
      Gotta keep the energy levels up.

        1. Brainwashed. i resemble that remark. An ignoratzi idiot?- cretin maybe,
          idiot, nah not very useful. Just what is wrong with drinking Mega quantities of Fluoridated carbonated, vitamin, mineral and amino acid infused diluted High Fructose Fructose Corn Syrup with organic alcohol?
          Yew one a them outside agitators causing trouble now is you?

  29. I have zero confidence in these so called “Studies”! Scientist today are nothing less than Whores who will come to any conclusion depending on the money!

    1. That’s too bad, because there’s really no alternative. It’s true that science is both messy, contradictory, and sometimes outright fraudulent, but seen on a larger scale, we are still slowly increasing our knowledge of the world.
      Generally, don’t believe a single study or even multiple studies by the same people. But if there are multiple studies, done by different groups of people, reaching the same conclusion, you should probably have some confidence greater than zero.

      1. Problem is the multiple studies and the different groups of people are funded by one same interest that has already decided the conclusion

          1. This was an Australian study. And, insofar as companies can influence government, the gov would want to find plastics SAFE.

          2. That’s interesting. How is it then that these studies, funded by the same government, comes up with different results and conclusions?

      2. i always notice the obligatory”healthy diet” escape clause thrown in at the end because most of these things alone are only minor threats…

    2. In what world does scaring people away from products generate money? Who makes money from selling less of something? Chemical companies have more incentive to create products that can and do cause cancer. But hey, they work, right? There is no money in science unless you are the one selling it, even at the cost of human life.

    1. Mexicans are known to every state but California to cause cancer of economic and cultural systems…

      1. “Mexicans” pick our fresh vegetables and fruits (and keep the prices the lowest in the world). “Mexican” wash, package, and ship our food. “Mexicans” drive our food to market. “Mexicans” work in our food processing plants. “Mexicans” work in our meat rendering plants. “Mexicans” work in our leather processing plants. “Mexicans” plant our crops. “Mexicans” care for our stock animals. “Mexicans” milk our cows. “Mexicans” process our dairy products. “Mexicans” mow our grass. “Mexicans” clean our pools “Mexicans” care for our children. “Mexicans” produce our fabrics. “Mexicans” are involved in EVERY aspect of our lives.

        “Mexicans” are our self-regulating labor force. When we NEED them, they come north. When we DO NOT NEED them, they move back to Mexico. We would NOT have developed as a super-power without the work of “the Mexicans.”

        Mexico is our SECOND GREATEST TRADING PARTNER. They do not go to war with us, but accept their supporting role with as much dignity as they can muster. We have been BLESSED with having the marvelously adaptive and supporting governments of Mexico and Canada as our neighbors.

        I am GRATEFUL for the supportive countries of Mexico and Canada. G-d has BLESSED us with GREAT neighbors.

  30. So this is the bad chemical of the month?

    Is butter still bad or are we back to eating trans-fats because they are more healthy?

    1. Anything your ancestors ate is bad. Why. Well your ancestors are all dead right? I rest my case. And do not attack my satire of the logic being used in most of the press reports of the scientific research of which much has also problems of logic.

  31. OK, there’s correlation, but for all we know there’s no causation. It could easily be something as simple as junk food or soda packaging happens to have this chemical and people who eat junk like that therefor have a high level, but the cause of health issues could still be as simple as junk food.

  32. Would have been nice if they were a bit more specific about where the chemical was found so we can avoid it. “variety of consumer goods including children’s toys, food packaging and medications” doesn’t tell us very much.

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