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Nov 01, 2013

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The thyroid and its hormone function are under constant attack from plasticizers called phthalates. Phthalates are manufactured to make plastics more flexible and harder to break; however, these plasticizers do the opposite in the human body, slowing it down and throwing it off balance. In the body, phthalates break down into metabolites and decrease hormone levels in the thyroid. This is a serious problem, especially in children, whose bodies depend on healthy thyroid hormone levels for growth, energy, reproduction and development.

Michigan study finds that phthalate DEHP lowers certain thyroid hormone levels

A vast study on human phthalate urine levels and corresponding thyroid hormone levels was conducted by the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Using publicly available data from a U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination survey, researchers studied urine phthalate metabolites and corresponding serum thyroid hormone levels from 1,346 adults and 329 adolescents.

An inverse relationship was found. As phthalate levels increased, serum levels of certain thyroid hormone levels decreased. Urine samples in the highest 20 percent of phthalate exposure were associated with a 10 percent reduction in certain thyroid hormones in the patients. The phthalate studied in the patients’ urine was DEHP, or di(2-ethylhexyl), which is usually consumed through a person’s diet, including food packaging, water bottles and body care products.
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