A new study has found a link between increased concentrations of phthalates in the body and an increased risk of diabetes in women.
Phthalates are endocrine disrupting chemicals that are commonly found in personal care products such as moisturizers, nail polishes, soaps, hair sprays and perfumes, says a media report.
They are also used in adhesives, electronics, toys and a variety of other products.
The researchers, lead by Tamarra James-Todd, PhD, a researcher in the Division of Women’s Health at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), analysed urinary concentrations of phthalates in 2,350 women who participated in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.
They found that women with higher levels of phthalates in their urine were more likely to have diabetes.