Two insecticides linked to circadian and metabolic disruptions are part of a new study that looks at a new way garden chemicals can affect health.
Gardening may not be on the minds of most Americans as cold temperatures continue to persist across much of the country.
But when the warmer temperatures move in and everyone wants to get outside, making sure to use safe lawn and garden products is important. The chemicals found in some of those products can be harmful to your health.
A study published last month in Chemical Research in Toxicology found that chemicals in some gardening products and insecticides can affect melatonin receptors and put humans at a higher risk for metabolic diseases, including diabetes.
“Exposure to these chemicals could put people at higher risk for diabetes and also affect circadian rhythms,” Rajendram Rajnarayanan, Ph.D., an assistant professor at the University at Buffalo in New York who served on the research team, told Healthline.