Phthalates increase the risk of diabetes

Chemicals, phthalates, found in some cosmetics such as creams and soaps, increase the risk of diabetes in women, according to a recent study by U.S. researchers.

Women with the highest levels of phthalates in urine were 60% more likely to have diabetes, concluded researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, after analyzing data on 2,350 women.

“This is an important first step in exploring the links between phthalates and diabetes,” said the lead author of the research, Tamarra James Todd.

Phthalates are found in a large amount of personal care products such as colognes, nail polish, lotions and body creams, soaps, bubble baths and shower gels, deodorants, hair sprays, etc.. Adhesives, certain kinds of soft plastic (shower curtains, toys, flooring, etc..) Also contain.

The researcher was concerned that phthalates are also present in certain products used in hospitals, such as blood bags, catheters and tubing.

The results of this work were published in the journal Environmental Heatlh Outlook.

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