Put down the ice cream and pick up the Pledge
. According to a report in Medical News Today
, household dust may promote the growth of fat cells—really. At ENDO 2019
, the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society, Christopher Kassotis, Ph.D., from Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment, in Durham, NC, has found evidence suggesting that household dust may promote the development of fat cells, since this dust can contain endocrine-disrupting chemicals.
"We found that two-thirds of dust extracts were able to promote fat cell development and half [could] promote precursor fat cell proliferation at 100 micrograms, or approximately 1,000 times lower levels than what children consume on a daily basis," Kassotis told Medical News Today.
Now, the Duke researchers are looking for a link between household products and the development of metabolic conditions.