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Personal-Care Chemicals May Up Diabetes Risk


A class of chemicals found in personal-care products such as soaps, nail polishes, perfumes, and moisturizers may contribute to type 1 and type 2 diabetes. A study of 2,350 women found that those with higher levels of phthalates (pronounced THAL-ates) in their urine were more likely to have diabetes. Those with the highest concentration of two main phthalates in their urine had nearly twice the risk of diabetes as those with the lowest levels of the chemicals. Though the study showed an association between phthalates and diabetes, future research is needed to determine cause and effect.
Source: Environmental Health Perspectives, July 13, 2012



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