Diabetes from a Bottle

A new study in Diabetes Care concludes that circulating levels of phthalate metabolites, which are found in common plastics, cosmetics, some pharmaceuticals and medical devices, are associated with prevalent diabetes in the elderly.   The authors feel these chemicals might influence major factors that are regulating glucose metabolism in humans at the level of exposure of phthalate metabolites seen in the general elderly population.  It is definitely interesting as there may be something to the whole environment/chemical and disease relationship.  But as David Gregory (one of my readers who sent this in) said:

My nomination for the stupid study of the week award. Perhaps the more sedentary seniors with high-carb diets drank more Coke from plastic bottles than their age-matched counterparts?


Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  3 comments for “Diabetes from a Bottle

  1. big picture doc
    April 21, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    and one serving of coke will make the body acidic for quite a while. Cancer loves the acidic environment, but they don’t teach this in our wonderful pharma-controlled medical schools.

  2. Diana
    April 18, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    Sugar is poison! I’m still more concerned about the amount of high fructose corn syrup in beverages such as cokes (even baby formula) we’re consuming. And the stuff is in everything! Just read the labels. By the time we’re 6 months old we’re already addicted to the stuff,for most of us, for the rest of our lives. Since processing removes all the fiber, the antecdote, the effects are similar to consuming alcohol without the buzz. Saw a great documentary about this. It’s lengthy but every minute from start to finish is valuable information: http://youtu.be/dBnniua6-oM

  3. Richard W. Mondak
    April 18, 2012 at 11:46 am

    So the “healthier” alternative is to obtain your daily dose of high fructose corn syrup” from a GLASS bottle. The (Mad) Ad Men can take advantage of this finding by placing a tiny pancreas on the label in lieu of that ubiquitous happy heart logo.

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