Non-Stick Teflon Coating Linked to Very High Cholesterol

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Non-Stick Teflon Coating Linked to Very High Cholesterol
Jan 20,2014

teflon-coating-panExposure to chemicals used in the manufacture of non-stick cookware and waterproof and stain-resistant products could be raising cholesterol levels in children, a new study published in Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine suggests.

Researchers analyzed blood levels of the chemicals perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluoroctanesulfonate (PFOS) in more than 12,000 kids living in West Virginia and Ohio.

Between 2005 and 2006, blood samples from 12,476 children and teens were taken. PFOA concentrations were, on average, around seven times higher than those reported in a nationally representative survey, but PFOS levels were similar.

Those with the highest levels were 20% and 40%, respectively, more likely to have abnormally high total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol, Frisbee says.

Those with the highest PFOS levels were 60% more likely than those with the lowest levels to have high total and LDL cholesterol.

The study resulted from a class-action lawsuit settlement against DuPont, which operated the manufacturing plant linked to the water contamination.

Those with the highest blood levels of the chemicals were also more likely to have abnormally high total cholesterol and LDL

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