Scientists have found that substances contained in perfume and plastic increase the risk of diabetes in women

Doctors find phthalates increase risk of diabetes in white women

Scientists at the University of Michigan have found that endocrine-disrupting chemicals found in plastic can contribute to the development of diabetes in women. The study is published in the  Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism .

Phthalates are chemicals widely used in cosmetics, perfumes and toys. Exposure to phthalates has previously been shown to be associated with reduced fertility and endocrine disorders.

The researchers followed 1308 women for six years. Diabetes was diagnosed in 5% of women during follow-up. The level of phthalates in the body was assessed by urine analysis. White women exposed to high levels of some phthalates were 30-63% more likely to develop diabetes. In blacks and Asian women, the risk of diabetes was independent of phthalates levels.

Scientists noted that people are exposed to phthalates on a daily basis, so it is important to assess their harm to human health.

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