Diabetes and cosmetics: A connection?
July 13th, 2012
12:01 AM ET

Diabetes and cosmetics: A connection?

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.

Researchers analyzed data on 2,350 women in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey who self-reported whether they had diabetes and gave urine samples that were examined for the presence of phthalates. The study is cross-sectional, meaning questions about phthalate levels and diabetes status were not collected at the same point in time.

Future research could follow a group of people who don't have diabetes, measure pthalate levels and see whether the chemicals are associated with developing diabetes longterm.

Companies are not required to disclose whether there are phthalates in products, but almost anything that contains "fragrance" has these chemicals, James-Todd said. More products are emerging with labels that say "phthalate-free," but the packaging could still be full of them.

"There's not much we can do as consumers," she said. "Hopefully, these findings will spur additional research."

soundoff (945 Responses)
  1. Dent Repair Shop Near Me

    After exploring a handful of the blog articles on your site, I really appreciate your technique of writing a blog. I added it to my bookmark website list and will be checking back soon. Take a look at my web site too and let me know how you feel.


    June 1, 2021 at 04:07 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. 32955 Sprinter Repair


    June 1, 2021 at 06:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. RV Suspension Repair Near Me

    Spot on with this write-up, I actually believe this website needs a lot more attention. I’ll probably be back again to read through more, thanks for the information!


    June 1, 2021 at 08:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Camper Van Repair Shop


    June 1, 2021 at 08:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. manganese jaw liners

    Your Online Metal Marketplace In Texas With Lowest Prices, Guaranteed. Hundreds Of Steel Items Available, Custom or Stock. Call Our Experts, Shop Steel Now


    June 1, 2021 at 09:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Ram High Top Van Repair


    June 1, 2021 at 10:08 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. rv repair near me now


    June 1, 2021 at 10:44 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Eli Hatlee

    Simply wish to say your article is as astonishing. The clarity in your publish is just spectacular and i can think you are a professional in this subject. Fine with your permission allow me to seize your RSS feed to stay updated with impending post. Thank you 1,000,000 and please carry on the gratifying work.


    June 1, 2021 at 12:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. couch repair near me

    Your style is really unique in comparison to other folks I have read stuff from. Many thanks for posting when you've got the opportunity, Guess I'll just book mark this web site.


    June 1, 2021 at 12:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. orange skye body and beauty bar

    When I initially commented I appear to have clicked on the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and from now on every time a comment is added I get 4 emails with the same comment. Perhaps there is a way you can remove me from that service? Thank you!


    June 1, 2021 at 12:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Susannah Egidio


    June 1, 2021 at 19:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. cabinet repair service near me

    Oh my goodness! Awesome article dude! Thank you, However I am encountering problems with your RSS. I don’t understand why I can't subscribe to it. Is there anyone else having the same RSS issues? Anyone that knows the answer will you kindly respond? Thanx!!


    June 1, 2021 at 19:26 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. rv water leak repair

    Your style is very unique compared to other folks I have read stuff from. I appreciate you for posting when you have the opportunity, Guess I'll just book mark this site.


    June 1, 2021 at 22:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. rv furniture center.com

    Everything is very open with a very clear clarification of the challenges. It was truly informative. Your site is very useful. Thank you for sharing!


    June 1, 2021 at 22:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. My Dolphin Show Hack

    It is an honest truth universally recognized that adventure games are the very best type of game to enjoy on your phone. But what will happen when you get stuck and simply cannot obtain sufficient resources or game items? If you would like to get the most out of your beloved adventure mobile game, you should run our free cheats. Our web-based hacks are going to be the secret to obtaining infinite coins, diamonds, or any other resource that you can think of in any type of mobile game! By utilizing our online cheats for all popular adventure mobile games, there will be no preventing you from dominating your friends' high scores with ease. Do not wait and utilize our free hack today that gives you an immediate approach to endless resources in your absolute favorite adventure game!


    June 1, 2021 at 22:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Octavio Desantiago

    I'd like to thank you for the efforts you have put in writing this site. I really hope to see the same high-grade blog posts by you in the future as well. In fact, your creative writing abilities has inspired me to get my own, personal website now 😉


    June 2, 2021 at 00:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. Radon

    Your writing style has been surprised me. Thank you, quite great article.


    June 2, 2021 at 01:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Radon

    thanks for sharing!


    June 2, 2021 at 02:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. upholstery places near me


    June 2, 2021 at 05:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. rv dealers in orange county ca

    You have made some decent points there. I checked on the web for more information about the issue and found most individuals will go along with your views on this website.


    June 2, 2021 at 09:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. Margarite Parizo


    June 2, 2021 at 10:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. Foam insulation pipe

    There is a huge distinction between stainless steel and chrome


    June 2, 2021 at 13:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. Glady Dingillo

    This website was... how do you say it? Relevant!! Finally I've found something that helped me. Thank you!


    June 2, 2021 at 15:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. Nissan High Top Van Repair Shop


    June 2, 2021 at 19:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. repair shops near me

    Good article! We will be linking to this great post on our site. Keep up the great writing.


    June 2, 2021 at 19:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. Dalia Demartini


    June 2, 2021 at 22:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. index

    Yesterday, while I was at work, my cousin stole my apple ipad and tested to see if it can survive a forty foot drop, just so she can be a youtube sensation. My apple ipad is now destroyed and she has 83 views. I know this is completely off topic but I had to share it with someone!


    June 2, 2021 at 23:43 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. Extra resources

    I do agree with all of the ideas you have presented in your post. They are very convincing and will certainly work. Still, the posts are very short for beginners. Could you please extend them a little from next time? Thanks for the post.


    June 3, 2021 at 00:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. Sprinter Van Repair Shop Near Me

    There's certainly a lot to know about this subject. I really like all of the points you made.


    June 3, 2021 at 01:05 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. Jeanice Walkley

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is essentially a game where you can do anything you want. sl is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you want to see more you can see these sl authors and blogs


    June 3, 2021 at 01:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. RV Wraps California


    June 3, 2021 at 03:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. Sprinter Van Repair Shops


    June 3, 2021 at 03:33 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. Van Door Repair


    June 3, 2021 at 05:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. Dodge Sprinter Step Repair

    I truly love your blog.. Excellent colors & theme. Did you make this web site yourself? Please reply back as I’m wanting to create my own personal website and would like to learn where you got this from or exactly what the theme is named. Thank you!


    June 3, 2021 at 05:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. 출장안마

    Spot on with this write-up, I seriously believe that this website needs a great deal more attention. Iíll probably be returning to read more, thanks for the information!


    June 3, 2021 at 06:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. Content Marketing Service

    Everything is very open with a clear explanation of the challenges. It was truly informative. Your website is very helpful. Many thanks for sharing!


    June 3, 2021 at 08:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. 출장안마

    Having read this I believed it was extremely informative. I appreciate you spending some time and energy to put this informative article together. I once again find myself personally spending a significant amount of time both reading and posting comments. But so what, it was still worthwhile!


    June 3, 2021 at 10:31 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. 2012 Mercedez Benz Sprinter Repair


    June 3, 2021 at 10:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. Content Marketing Company


    June 3, 2021 at 12:09 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. Steel pile pipe size

    Chrome steel is utilized synonymously with stainless steel What are its buildings ? Hardening of chrome steel.


    June 3, 2021 at 13:22 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. Sprinter Blower Fan Repair Near Me


    June 3, 2021 at 14:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. Chevy G20 Van Repair

    It’s hard to come by experienced people in this particular topic, but you seem like you know what you’re talking about! Thanks


    June 3, 2021 at 15:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. horse hauler motorhome

    Having read this I thought it was very informative. I appreciate you spending some time and energy to put this short article together. I once again find myself personally spending a significant amount of time both reading and posting comments. But so what, it was still worth it!


    June 3, 2021 at 19:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. travel trailers orange county

    Spot on with this write-up, I honestly feel this web site needs a great deal more attention. Iíll probably be returning to read through more, thanks for the advice!


    June 3, 2021 at 20:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. upholstery repair shop near me


    June 3, 2021 at 21:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. Sprinter Van Side Repair Price

    Very good info. Lucky me I recently found your website by chance (stumbleupon). I have book-marked it for later!


    June 3, 2021 at 21:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. toy hauler modifications


    June 3, 2021 at 21:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. 출장안마

    You are so awesome! I do not think I've read something like that before. So good to find somebody with genuine thoughts on this topic. Seriously.. thanks for starting this up. This web site is one thing that is needed on the web, someone with a little originality!


    June 3, 2021 at 22:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. Sudie Rykert

    Usually I don't read article on blogs, but I would like to say that this write-up very forced me to try and do it! Your writing style has been amazed me. Thanks, quite nice article.


    June 3, 2021 at 22:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. Video Marketing Firms


    June 3, 2021 at 23:19 | Report abuse | Reply
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

Leave a Reply to Internet Marketing Reviews


CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.

About this blog

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the latest stories from CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen and the CNN Medical Unit producers. They'll share news and views on health and medical trends - info that will help you take better care of yourself and the people you love.