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. 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.

    1. Phthalates are in almost every form of packaging and / or containers manufactured these days.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. According to California, everything is “known to the state of California to cause cancer.”

    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.

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

    3. 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.

    4. How healthy are ya Greg? If chemicals are remotely found to cause harm…I would pay attention.

  6. 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?

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

    Would we be better or less well off?

    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.

  8. MM is right. This is nothing “so what” information that provides no benefit.

  9. 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. Botulism and ricin and plutonium require only minute, super micro minute, “concentrations”

    2. 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.

      2. I’ve very healthy, thanks for asking! And haven’t lost sleep over food containers.

  10. I’m sorry, what were those products again ? Oh, you didn’t want to get sued ? I see.

  11. 82% were overweight, but they “adjusted” for that. kinda like they “adjust” global temps to validate their preconceived conclusion.

  12. 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.

  13. “Team of researchers” Is that like a swarm of bees, or a pod of Dolphins?

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