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New study shows chemicals in cosmetics may be related to diabetes risk in women
07-14-2012, 02:26 AM #1
mulder Incognito Anonymous
 
Hidden in perfumes, scented lotions, food packaging and even synthetic leathers are a type of chemical called phthalates. Most people in the United States are exposed to phthalates, and levels tend to be higher in women than men.

A new study in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives examines whether there is a connection between phthalates and diabetes in women. Researchers did find an association but did not prove that the chemicals cause diabetes.

Researchers found that the risk of having diabetes was twice as high in women with the highest levels of certain phthalates, compared with women with the lowest levels. Looking at the data a different way, there would be about 40 extra diabetes cases per 1,000 women when women with high levels are compared to women with low levels.

What explains this association? One idea is that phthalates bind to cells in the body that manage blood-glucose metabolism and fat cell development.

"Because they can bind to natural cell receptors, they could alter normal function," said Dr. Tamarra James-Todd, associate epidemiologist at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.

Keep in mind that people with diabetes may have higher phthalate levels because of their use of certain medical devices and medications, which contain these chemicals, too. This study did not rule out that explanation.

But the researchers did a sub-study on women without diabetes to get at this issue. Non-diabetic women with higher levels of pthalates tended to have higher blood glucose levels. "Both of those things are precursors of diabetes," James-Todd said.

http://www.abc15.com/dpp/news/national/n...k-in-women
07-14-2012, 02:36 AM #2
Octo Mother Superior
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Diabetes is just one of the worries regarding phtalates.

Quote:... it has been well documented that endocrine disruptors such as phthalates can be additive, so even very small amounts can interact with other chemicals to have cumulative, adverse "cocktail effects" [14] Though the number of studies on phthalate and breast cancer is limited, this should not be reason enough to allow their use in personal care products.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phthalate#Breast_cancer

Now, phtalates is just one of probably thousands of chemicals, heavy metals among others, used in cosmetics and the whole industry is completely unregulated in itself, so I would really recommend women to use make-up as sparingly as possible, or at least use a range that is as close to 'natural' as possible.

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07-14-2012, 03:54 AM #3
Anonymous Kritter Incognito Anonymous
 
(07-14-2012, 02:36 AM)Octo Wrote:  Diabetes is just one of the worries regarding phtalates.

Quote:... it has been well documented that endocrine disruptors such as phthalates can be additive, so even very small amounts can interact with other chemicals to have cumulative, adverse "cocktail effects" [14] Though the number of studies on phthalate and breast cancer is limited, this should not be reason enough to allow their use in personal care products.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phthalate#Breast_cancer

Now, phtalates is just one of probably thousands of chemicals, heavy metals among others, used in cosmetics and the whole industry is completely unregulated in itself, so I would really recommend women to use make-up as sparingly as possible, or at least use a range that is as close to 'natural' as possible.
I agree but imagining some women those wo need it walking around without makeup is uhoh.gif unless you live by yankees then the free beer will make em all beautieschuckle.gif
07-14-2012, 02:11 PM #4
Octo Mother Superior
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Well we have always painted ourselves to some extent through history so only thing wrong with it is corporate greed and disregard for human health.

The skin is our biggest organ and we do absorb some things we apply on it. A little eyeliner and mascara goes a long way and doesn't cover a very large area of the skin. Just sayin', there's no need to put on the clown face every damned day.

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