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?