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Chemicals Found In Personal Care Products Are Linked To Greater Risk Of Diabetes

July 13, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
Chemicals known as phthalates – commonly found in personal care products such as moisturizers, nail polishes, soaps, hair sprays and perfumes – have been linked to an increased risk of diabetes in women. U.S. researchers who analyzed urinary concentrations of phthalates in 2,350 women found that those with higher concentrations in their blood were more likely to have diabetes. Specifically, women with moderately high levels of mono-n-butyl phthalate and di-2-ethylhexyl phthalate were 70 percent more likely to have diabetes. However, researchers acknowledged that phthalates are also present in certain medical devices and medications used to treat diabetes.
Tamarra James-Todd et al., "Urinary Phthalate Metabolite Concentrations and Diabetes among Women", Environmental Health Perspectives, July 13, 2012, © Tamarra James-Todd et al.
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