When you read the labels of natural skincare, beauty, and other personal care products, many of them include the claim that they are “phthalate-free.” But many people don't know what phthalates are or whether it's really necessary to avoid them. If you've been on the fence about whether phthalate-free products are worth it, let me tell you: they are.
Phthalates are chemicals that disrupt the endocrine system, which is responsible for secreting precious hormones. It turns out that phthalates not only disrupt us metabolically but they may also increase our risk of a disease that's already running rampant in America — Alzheimer's.
Phthalates seem to be everywhere. They aren't just in beauty products like moisturizers, soaps, and nail polishes. They're also in products such as adhesives, electronics, and toys. Diabetes seems to be just as common; in 2012, nearly 1 in 10 Americans had the disease. Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital wondered if there might be a connection between these two seemingly unrelated issues.
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Looking for an association, the researchers analyzed phthalate concentration in the urine of 2,350 women who participated in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. They controlled the sample for socio-demographic, dietary, and behavioral factors, and sure enough, the higher the concentration of phthalates, the more likely the woman was to have diabetes.
In fact, those with the highest levels of mono-benzyle phthalate and mono-isobutyl phthalate were almost two times
more likely to have the disease than those with the lowest levels. Having levels above the median of mono-(3-carboxypropyl) phthalate were connected with a 60% increase in diabetes risk
. And even moderately high levels of mono-n-butyl phthalate and di-2-ethylhexyl phthalate were associated with a 70%
jump in risk.
While more research is needed to determine whether phthalates actually cause diabetes, this association is enough to give us pause. Keep looking for natural, phthalate-free products. Increasing diabetes risk may be just one of a myriad of ways phthalates can harm your health. If you feel you have been continually exposed and want to have a ‘spring detox,' consider PectaSol Detox Formula
. Taking only two to three capsules daily at bedtime can gently detoxify your body of not only phthalates but heavy metals as well.
To your health, naturally,