As per a recent research, the dust in households may harbor several chemicals, which may accelerate the growth of fat cells, possibly contributing to obesity in human beings. International policymakers and researchers have been expressing concerns on the effects of EDCs (endocrine disrupting chemicals), which can interfere with the hormone system. These substances are at times present in house cleaning products too. Researchers have warned time and again that they are a threat to our health, as many studies have tied EDCs to cancer, liver disease, fertility issues, and childhood obesity.
The latest study has found evidence that suggests dust in households may promote the growth of fat cells. That is because it can contain these types of chemicals. Christopher Kassotis, a research fellow of the Nicholas School of the Environment, led research. He presented his findings at ENDO 2019, an event organized by the Endocrine Society.
“This is some of the first research investigating links between exposure to chemical mixtures present in the indoor environment and metabolic health of children living in those homes,” emphasized Kassotis. He and his team of researchers took cues from an existing study that suggests a link between exposure to EDCs and regulation of fat in animal models.
Their most recent facts ties in with evidence of other researches, which has indicated that the mechanism might just contribute to the growth of obesity. For their study, Kassotis and his team collected dust from many houses, with the goal of probing the effect of its chemical components on human metabolic health. To do this, they first extracted the substances from the collected dust. Then, they tested the chemicals’ effects in vitro, especially attempting to discover whether they would prompt the cells’ development.
The researchers identified more than 100 different chemical substances in the dust samples. Out of that, around 70 of the chemicals showed a role in the cell growth, while about 40 of the substances played a role in the precursor fat cells’ development. They further said that many of the substances that caused the cell growth were present at high levels in the dust, and to make things interesting it is collected from houses where overweight kids live.
As of now, they are trying to take the study forward, and find more details about the potential connection between the ingredients of products commonly found in households and the growth of metabolic conditions.