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Chemicals in Rugs, Cookware May Be Linked to Raised Cholesterol in Teens
Date:9/6/2010

"The way the U.S. system works is that you get to use whatever you want until somebody says there is a problem," she said.

One cholesterol expert, Dr. Ronald B. Goldberg, a professor of medicine at the Diabetes Research Institute of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, said that the increase in LDL cholesterol levels seen in the study, "can have a small but significant effect on heart disease."

Goldberg noted that the main cause of increasing cholesterol is animal fat in the diet. "On top of that, you have genetic abnormalities that are common," he added.

But the effect of chemical exposure needs more study, Goldberg said. "All you can say now is there is an association, and it doesn't prove that the contaminant is causing the LDL rise," he said.

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For more information on cholesterol, visit the American Heart Association.

SOURCES: Stephanie J. Frisbee, M.Sc., M.A., research instructor, Department of Community Medicine, West Virginia University School of Medicine, Morgantown; Ronald B. Goldberg, M.D., professor, medicine, Diabetes Research Institute, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine; December 2009, Environmental Health Perspectives; September 2010 Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine


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