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Jul 31, 2014 7:38 AM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

Exposure to DDT appears to impact metabolism among females

Exposure to the pesticide DDT while in the womb increases the risk of obesity and obesity-related illness among females.

Researchers gave pregnant mice doses of DDT comparable to exposures of people living in countries where the chemical is still used to control malaria.

Researchers found female offspring had a slowed metabolism and a greater risk of obesity, high cholesterol, and diabetes.

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