Can Your Beauty Products Cause Diabetes?
Beauty products are supposed to make you, well, beautiful, not sick. But you better be careful with certain nail polishes, hair sprays, soaps, and fragrances. These products can contain chemicals called phthalates, which may increase a woman’s risk of diabetes, according to a new study in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.
We know that unhealthy diets and lack of exercise can boost your chances of developing type 2 diabetes, but now recent studies have found a correlation between high levels of phthalates and diabetes. The chemicals may hurt your endocrine system by interrupting normal hormone processes necessary for regulating blood sugar.
In this particular study, researchers analyzed urine samples of 2,350 women who participated in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. After analyzing the amount of phthalates in the samples, they found that women with the highest levels of phthalates were nearly twice as likely to develop diabetes as those with the lowest levels.
Though this research is an exciting step in discovering a possible environmental cause of diabetes, keep in mind that phthalates are also found in adhesives, electronics, and many other products we use on a daily basis.
However, if you’re worried about phthalates, it’s best to read your beauty product labels to ensure they are not part of the ingredient list. However, be wary of a loophole many products use. According the the FDA, products are allowed to list the word “fragrance” without mentioning the chemicals that go into this fragrance. And, you guessed it – phthalates are often part of the “fragrance.” Even worse, phthalates can also be part of the packaging surrounding your favorite products.
The best way to completely avoid exposure is to buy organic beauty products, but, that’s not always a realistic option for most people. Because phthalates can be in many different products, experts say that your best defense may simply be washing your hands.
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Source : Discovery Health News : http://blogs.discovery.com/dfh-insider/2012/07/can-your-beauty-products-cause-diabetes.html