15 Apr '12, 2pm

Phthalates Increase Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

Phthalates Increase Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

Phthalates found in cosmetics, personal care products, and plastics may increase the risk of Type 2 diabetes in seniors. Even a minimal increase seemed to up their diabetes rates, according to a study at Uppsala University . The study followed 1,000 70 year old men and women participants who submitted blood samples for analysis of environmental toxins like phthalates. Those with higher levels of certain kinds of phthalates were more likely to have diabetes even after adjusting for obesity, blood lipids, smoking, and exercise habits. Phthalates Disrupt Production of Insulin Researchers think that phthalates may disrupt the production of insulin in the pancreas. Monica Lind, associate professor of environmental medicine at the Section for Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Uppsala University says in Science Daily Although our results need to be confirmed in more studie...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/health/phthalates-increase-risk...

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