A study out from researchers in the European Union indicates that a 25% reduction in exposure to certain household chemicals would reduce diabetes cases by approximately 13%, enough to save billions of dollars in annual health costs.  While it might seem like an unusual connection, commonly used chemicals might influence major factors that regulate glucose metabolism. 

     Phthalates, used to make plastic products more flexible, are found in food packaging, furniture, toys, and also in medical devices.  In addition, phthalates are found in personal care products, like cosmetics, and in pharmaceuticals.  Some plastics may contain up to 40–50% phthalate by weight.  Because phthalates are additives and not bound to the plastic, they can easily leach out into air, water, and food.   

     Exposure to chemicals is just about unavoidable in modern society.  However, I urge everyone to limit their contact as much as possible by using glass and stainless steel jars and containers for food storage, avoiding food that is packaged or wrapped in plastic, and steering clear of bottled water.  Click on the photo or read the article here.