Women who use nail varnish and hairspray ‘may have higher risk of diabetes’,” is the headline in the Daily Mail. The Mail’s focus on high-maintenance The Only Way Is Essex girls being at risk of diabetes seems more a desperate attempt to give the story a celebrity spin than a considered view of the link between phthalates and diabetes.
Phthalates are chemicals that are used in a wide range of products, such as packaging, cosmetics, perfumes, nail polishes, flooring and industrial products. A previous study found that at least three-quarters of the US population have detectable levels of phthalates in their urine. It has been proposed that phthalates may affect the way the body stores fat and interfere with glucose metabolism. This, in turn, could lead to an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
The headline is based on the results of a study that found that women with higher levels of phthalates in their urine were more likely to report having diabetes. However, as both urine levels of phthalates and diabetes were assessed at the same time it is not possible to draw a firm conclusion about the nature of the link between them.
Phthalates have already been linked to Infertility and miscarriages.
For a presentation on the other items containing phthalates: https://sites.google.com/site/drkhalidmunir/environmentalhazardsv3.ppt?attredirects=0