Chemicals in self-care products may increase diabetes risk

A study of more than 1000 people over 70 years found that those with high levels of phthalates in their blood had almost twice the risk of developing diabetes, compared with those with lower levels, even after adjusting for sex, BMI, lipids, educational level, smoking and exercise habits.

Certain phthalates were also associated with disrupted insulin production in the pancreas.

Phthalates are used as softening agents in plastics and are often found in self-care products, solid air freshener, scented candles and cosmetics.

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