Children with the highest PFOA concentration had total cholesterol levels that were 4.6 points higher and LDL levels that were 3.8 points higher than those with the lowest PFOA levels.
- The researchers studied perfluorooctanoic acid or PFOA and perfluorooctanesulfonate or PFOS.
- Studies in animals suggest perfluoroalkyl acid can affect the liver, which could result in changes in cholesterol levels.
- They make their way into people through drinking water, dust, food packaging, breast milk, cord blood, microwave popcorn, air and occupational exposure.
Bernard Weiss of the University of Rochester in New York, an expert on toxins said perfluoroalkyl acids are a known neurotoxin. -- "They interfere with brain development, which leaves its mark on later behavioral functions such as cognitive performance,"
Study links cholesterol and nonstick coating chemical
(Reuters) - Chemicals used to make non-stick coatings on cookware and to waterproof fabrics may raise levels of cholesterol in children, U.S. researchers said on Monday.