‘Forever chemicals’ found in water, makeup and clothing ups women’s risk of high blood pressure: study
- Researchers at the University of Michigan found that exposure to synthetic chemicals known as perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) increases the risk of high blood pressure among middle-aged women.
- PFAS, which are called "forever chemicals" for their inability to naturally break down, are found in a variety of modern products, including cosmetics, takeout containers, drinking water, clothing and household items.
- Included in the study were over 1,000 women from five sites across the U.S. who began the study with normal blood pressure. However, annual checkups between 1999 and 2017 found that 470 women eventually developed high blood pressure.
- The study found that women who had relatively higher concentrations of all seven PFAS chemicals in their blood at the beginning of the studyhad a 71% increased risk of becoming hypertensive.
- "Our findings make it clear that strategies to limit the widespread use of PFAS in products need to be developed,” said the research senior author and University of Michigan School of Public Health associate professor Sung Kyun Park. ”Switching to alternative options may help reduce the incidence of high blood pressure risk in midlife women."
Researchers are warning women against exposure to synthetic chemicals known as perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), which have been found to increase the risk of developing high blood pressure.
Published in the journal Hypertension on Monday, the “Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation Multi-Pollutant Study” reviewed almost two decades’ worth of health data from over 1,000 women ages 45 to 56.