These Common Chemicals May Boost Hypertension Risk

These Common Chemicals May Boost Hypertension Risk


If your blood pressure’s up, you may want
to check the plastics in your home. A new study from New York University’s Langone Medical
Center found two chemicals used in household products were linked to an increased risk
of high blood pressure. These chemicals are called DINP and DIDP and were also linked
to diabetes risk in children and adolescents. DINP and DIDP are used to strengthen plastic
wraps and processed food containers.The study authors said that there are “safe and simple”
steps families can take to limit exposure to these chemicals. He recommends using wax
paper or aluminum foil instead of plastic food storage containers, microwaving food
in plastic wrap, washing plastic food containers by hand rather than using the dishwasher,
and choosing containers that do not have the numbers 3, 6 or 7 in the recycle symbol.