Be careful when buying nail polish remover. Recent studies indicate the presence of chemicals called phthalates found in nail care products that can increase the risk of diabetes.
The findings, published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives shows that phthalates may disrupt the metabolism of fat tissue, thereby causing insulin resistance in healthy women.
After examining the urine samples of 2350 women aged 20-80 years, researchers found two chemicals with a high level, the mono-benzyl phthalate and mono-isobutyl phthalate. Both of these chemicals increase the risk of diabetes for up to two times.
“This is an important first step in exploring the relationship between phthalates and diabetes. We know that in addition there are phthalates in personal care products, also found in some types of medical equipment and drugs used to treat diabetes,” explains James-Todd Tamarra of Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s Division of Women’s Health was launched by LiveScience (16/7).
In addition to nail polish, phthalates are also found in other women’s personal care products such as hairspray, soap and even shampoo.