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Chemicals in Personal Care Products May Raise Diabetes Risk

Phthalates are endocrine-disrupting chemicals found in personal care products such as moisturizers, nail polishes, soaps, hair sprays, and perfumes. They also can be found in adhesives, electronics, toys, and many other products. Tamarra James-Todd and colleagues from Brigham and Women's Hospital (Massachusetts, US) analyzed urinary concentrations of phthalates in 2350 women enrolled in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survery (NHANES). Women with higher levels of phthalates in their urine were more likely to have diabetes; specifically, women with the highest levels of the chemicals monobenzyl phthalate and monoisobutyl phthalate had almost twice the risk of diabetes compared with women with the lowest levels of those chemicals.
 
Info provided by: Townsend Letter, Ronald Klatz, MD, DO and Robert Goldman, MD, PhD, DO, FAASP
 
In good health,
Shana Burns, CN

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