Be careful, Plastic Packaging Causes High Blood Pressure in Children

Be careful using plastic containers for baby food or beverages. A group of U.S. scientists said that the chemical phthalate in plastic trigger metabolic and hormonal abnormalities.

Phthalate or DEHP is a colorless substance that is odorless and is used to soften PVC. Phthalate added to plastics to increase flexibility, transparency, strength, and ketahananannya. The substances contained in plastic cups and food containers, floor coatings, up beach ball.

Analysis of nearly 3,000 children showed that exposure to DEHP resulted in higher systolic blood pressure (the pressure in the vessel size arteries when the heart beats).

“Phthalate may block the function of heart cells and cause oxidative stress that endanger the health of the arteries,” said Dr. Leonardo Trasande, associate professor of pediatrics at the Langone Medical Center New York University, USA.

The research team noted only a slight increase in blood pressure per child in every three-fold increase in levels of phthalates were detected in urine samples of children. Nevertheless, the broad implications of the significant changes this small.

“This increase does not seem to stand out at an individual level. However, at the population level, changes in blood pressure can increase the number of children with high blood pressure substantially,” said Trasande.

Trasande added, not just the foods that trigger obesity causes heart disease. Environmental factors could also be part of the problem. “This is important because exposure to phthalates can be controlled through regulation and behavioral interventions,” he said.

According Trasande, necessary policy initiatives to limit exposure to hazardous chemicals. This step combined with the application of a healthy diet and behavior to protect cardiovascular health.

The study, published in the Journal of Pediatrics is the result of cooperation of researchers from Langone Medical Center New York University, University of Washington, and Penn State University School of Medicine.