Study Finds that Chemicals in Nail Polish, Perfume and Other Cosmetics Can Significantly Increase the Type 2 Diabetes Risk!

Study Finds that Chemicals in Nail Polish, Perfume and Other Cosmetics Can Significantly Increase the Type 2 Diabetes Risk!

According to a new study, toxic compounds in shampoo, nail polish, and perfumes may increase women’s chance of developing type 2 diabetes.

Chemicals called phthalates are primarily utilized in strengthening plastic but also in many cosmetic items as a lubricant.

The kidney, liver, lungs, and other organs might suffer harm from the toxins that can seep through the skin.

Over a 6 year period, researchers from the University of Michigan monitored 1,300 middle aged women and discovered that those who had a high exposure to such chemicals had a 63% higher risk of getting diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

The Food and Drug Administration has even issued a warning that these compounds can also be found in aftershave, hair spray, and other cosmetics. 

With the findings suggesting that the chemicals increase the chance of womb tumors, and cancers, and limit neonatal growth, scientists are now working to close the study gap in this area.

During the production process, phthalates are frequently added to products to give them a certain attribute, such as making them more durable.

The study, which was conducted on 1,300 American women without diabetes, was published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.

They made use of information from the SWAN Multipollutant Study, a survey meant for middle aged women.

Urine samples were collected when the study started as well as a couple of years after in order to test for phthalates, and they continued to be monitored for six years, from 2000 to 2006.

The researchers examined the prevalence of 11 different kinds of phthalates, including low molecular weight varieties that are frequently found in cosmetics and personal care items like perfumes, nail polishes, and even some feminine sanitary items.

The researchers discovered that 61 women (almost 5 percent of participants) got type 2 diabetes over the study’s period.

Women who had significant exposure to phthalates were more likely to get the illness, according to an analysis that adjusted for different factors including demography, lifestyle, and health.

Due to their ability to interfere with the hormones insulin and glucagon, which control blood sugar levels and produce insulin resistance in cells, scientists hypothesize that these chemicals may be the root cause of diabetes.

Researchers also learned that Black women were less vulnerable to the effects of phthalates when compared to women of other races.

They speculate that this could be connected to the various kinds of cosmetics that various racial groups use, some of them being more harmful than others.

Leader of the study and epidemiologist Dr. Sung Kyun Park, says that “Our research found phthalates might contribute to a higher incidence of diabetes in women, especially White women, over a 6-year period. People get exposed to phthalates daily, increasing their risk of different metabolic diseases. It is important that we address EDCs now as they are harmful to human health. Our research is a clear step in the right direction towards better understanding phthalates’ effect on metabolic diseases, but further investigation is needed.”

The study’s limitations include its small sampling size and inability to show beyond a shadow of a doubt that phthalates were to blame for an increase in type 2 diabetes.

After all, there may also be many other variables at work, such as obesity, a bad diet, and lack of sleep.

Katherine Baldwin

Katherine is just getting her start as a journalist. She attended a technical school while still in high school where she learned a variety of skills, from photography to nutrition. Her enthusiasm for both natural and human sciences is real so she particularly enjoys covering topics on medicine and the environment.

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