Heavy Cosmetic Use Linked To Diabetes

Take it easy on the lip gloss! A new study suggests women who wear layers of makeup on a daily basis are exposing their bodies to harmful chemicals that have been linked to diabetes.

Pthalates are a class of chemicals known as plasticisers, used to make plastic flexible and transparent. These additives are commonly found in cosmetic products such as soap, perfume, gels, nail polish, and hairspray. They have also been found in some fatty foods like milk and butter.

Phthalates have been linked to causing metabolic harm in humans

, increasing the risk of diabetes by two fold.

The study analyzed the daily cosmetic use of 2,350 American women between 20 and 80 years of age who participated in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey between 2001 and 2008.

“This is an important first step in exploring the connection between phthalates and diabetes,” said Dr. James-Todd. “We know that in addition to being present in personal care products, phthalates also exist in certain types of medical devices and medication that is used to treat diabetes and this could also explain the higher level of phthalates in diabetic women. So overall, more research is needed.”

Phtalates are found in several other household products.

In addition to common cosmetics, phthalates are found in adhesives, electronic toys, paints, and a variety of other products widely used by people every day.

There is very little research linking phthalates to health issues, but a few recent studies have linked it to obesity in children and other medical problems. The recent findings about phthalates emphasize the need to reduce exposure to the chemicals in everyday life.

The new study has been published in the Environmental Health Perspectives journal.

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