Thursday, April 19, 2012

Chemical exposure ups risk of diabetes for seniors

Researchers linked diabetes with the presence of
phthalates (found in household products and cosmetics)
Swedish researchers have found a link between serum levels of phthalate metabolites and type 2 diabetes in the elderly.

It is difficult for seniors to avoid phthalates completely, since they are found in a wide range of household items, including medical devices, intravenous tubing, food packaging, furniture and toys.

They are also commonly used in cosmetics and pharmaceutical products.

In the Swedish cohort study, the risk for diabetes was high with the presence of monoethyl phthalate (MEP) as well as monoisobutyl phthalate (MiBP).

The scientists examined more than 1,000 elderly participants and adjusted for sex, cholesterol levels, triglycerides, body mass index, smoking, exercise and education as other risk factors for diabetes, but the link between phthalates and the disease remained significant.

Diabetes was identified in 119 individuals.

Three of the most common phthalates detected in the seniors are used in personal care products, while one of them is generally used to increase the flexibility of plastic.

The study findings were published in the June issue of Diabetes Care.

Source: MedPage Today

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