IV Bags Found to Contain Phthalates

According to an article published on io9.com, IV bags --used to deliver medicine directly into the veins of many hospital patients-- have been found to contain phthalates which can cause diabetes. Robert Gonzalez writes that pthalates have been linked to heightened blood glucose levels, a cause of diabetes. While industry officials are refuting the claims, and dismissing the study as flawed, the scientists who worked on the study are confident in the accuracy of their findings. Gonzalez quotes an Environmental Health News reporter, saying that:

In the new research, certain phthalates – dibutyl phthalates (DBP), which are primarily used in adhesives and lacquer finishes, and benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP), a component of vinyl flooring, caulks and sealants – were linked to double the rate of diabetes in women with the highest levels of phthalate markers in their urine, according to the report published this month in Environmental Health Perspectives.

DBP and Di-2-ethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP), a plasticizer found in vinyl products including IV bags and tubing, were also linked to higher blood glucose levels and insulin resistance, two common precursors of type 2 diabetes, according to the study.

To learn more about the findings, or to access the study in question, please see the full article on io9.com here.

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