Question of the Day – Monday September 2, 2019

Question – Perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are synthetic chemicals that are found in the environment and that have been widely discussed with regard to potential adverse health effects in humans. What is the relationship between PFAS chemicals and coronary heart disease?



Answer – One recent study reported on a cross sectional study of more than 5000 adults with diabetes and found PFAS chemicals showed “inverse associations with coronary heart disease” in their cohort controlled for age, gender, BMI, smoking as well as other factors. (Honda-Kohmo K et al. Perfluoroalkyl substances are inversely associated with coronary heart disease in adults with diabetes. 2018 J Diabetes Compl 33: 407-412.)