Personal Care Products Linked to Increased Risk of Diabetes


A U.S. study has linked diabetes in women to commonly used personal care products, such as moisturizer, nail polish, soap, hair spray and perfume.

The study, led by researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, shows an association between increased concentrations of phthalates in the body and an increased risk of type 2 diabetes. Phthalates are endocrine disrupting chemicals that are commonly found in personal care products, and are also used in adhesives, electronics, toys, plastic food wrappers, medical equipment, and building materials such as vinyl flooring.

The finding was published in the latest edition of Environmental Health Perspectives.

According to Medical News Today, the team of researchers at BWH examined 2,350 women from across the United States.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration called the study "an important first step in exploring the connection between phthalates and diabetes" and confirmed that more research is needed.