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Cosmetics and Perfumes Cause Diabetes

Cosmetics and Perfumes Cause Diabetes

(ePharmaNews) - Inhaling perfumes, carrying "Nylon" bags, using hairsprays and many other daily habits lead to diabetes, according to a new study monitored the effect of widespread chemicals called phthalates found in plastics, cosmetics and toys, and concluded that even detecting traces of these chemicals in blood can multiply the risk of getting diabetes.

Phthalates are not only used as in plastics, but they can also be used in cosmetics such as self-tan and perfumes.The main problem is that the products containing Phthalates are not well-defined or known to consumers, since goverments , and due to Phthalates wide use, do not force manufacturers to include these chemiclas in the contents' label. Anyway,it is known, for example, that hair sprays have Phthalates excessively.

"Anyone is exposed to them in many different ways. People can inhale them if they are used in hairspray or air fresheners and food can also be contaminated because of phthalates in the packaging," concluded the lead author of the study.

In this study, which covers more than 1000 70-year-old women and men in Uppsala and published in Diabetes Care- journal, participants were examined for fasting blood sugar and various insulin measures. They submitted blood samples for analysis of various environmental toxins, including several substances formed when the body breaks down so-called phthalates.

The researchers found a connection between blood levels of some of the phthalates and increased prevalence of diabetes. Individuals with elevated phthalate levels had roughly twice the risk of developing diabetes compared with those with lower levels. They also found that certain phthalates were associated with disrupted insulin production in the pancreas.

"Although our results need to be confirmed in more studies, they do support the hypothesis that certain environmental chemicals can contribute to the development of diabetes," says professor Monica Lind ."However, to find out whether phthalates truly are risk factors for diabetes, further studies are needed that show similar associations” she added.

In the same context, a study published two months ago in Human Reproduction journal had noted that Phthalates reduce the production of the "testosterone" in males, which may cause many hormonal and reproductive disorders.

Prepared by: Basel AlJunaidy
Translated by: Marcell Shehwaro

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