Nov. 10, 2020 (MedicalXpress) -- A new UC Riverside study shows flame retardants found in nearly every American home cause mice to give birth to offspring that become diabetic.
These flame retardants, called PBDEs, have been associated with diabetes in adult humans. This study demonstrates that PBDEs cause diabetes in mice only exposed to the chemical through their mothers.
"The mice received PBDEs from their mothers while they were in the womb and as young babies through mother's milk," said Elena Kozlova, lead study author and UC Riverside neuroscience doctoral student. "Remarkably, in adulthood, long after the exposure to the chemicals, the female offspring developed diabetes."
Results of the study have been published in the journal Scientific Reports.