Diabetes Risk & Chemicals in Personal Care Products: Is There a Connection?

Common chemicals found in personal care products, such as soaps, shampoos, hair sprays and nail polishes, may increase type 2 diabetes risk, according to Swedish researchers.

In a study of more than 1,000 older adults, they found that those exposed to the highest levels of phthalates were roughly 30 percent more likely to suffer from diabetes than those exposed to the lowest amounts of the chemicals. The researchers suspect the chemicals may influence glucose metabolism.

Phthalates are a component of fragrance—choosing fragrance-free products can cut exposure risk.

From our sister publication Diabetes Focus Winter 2013

Publication Review By: the Editorial Staff at Healthcommunities.com

Published: 09 Oct 2013

Last Modified: 28 Oct 2013