Researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston said they found a link between phthalates – a class of chemicals found in products such as nail polish, soaps, perfumes, hair and tanning sprays – and the metabolic disease.
According to the study, women who had the highest levels of the chemicals mono-benzyl phthalate and mono-isobutyl phthalate had almost twice the risk of diabetes compared to women with the lowest levels of those chemicals. Women with levels slightly higher than the median of the chemical mono-(3-carboxypropyl) phthalate had approximately a 60 percent increased risk of diabetes.
And women with just moderately high levels of the chemicals mono-n-butyl phthalate and di-2-ethylhexyl phthalate had approximately a 70 percent increased risk of diabetes.
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