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Lipstick or Diabetes? Cosmetics and BPA

Lipstick or Diabetes? Cosmetics and BPA
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Somehow the urge to use makeup passed me by entirely. I’m quite prepared to accept my mug the way it is. Now it turns out that may have helped me dodge the diabetes bullet because it has lowered my exposure to BPA.

BPA (the phthalate Bisphenol A) is found in lipstick, eyeliner, mascara, nail polish and the containers that deliver them. Phthalates don’t stay in the tubes or the surface of our skin. They travel right through our pores and into the blood stream.

BPA and Diabetes

A new study from Sweden’s Uppsala University says phthalates may increase the risk of diabetes, a disease that has reached epidemic proportions around the world. For the study, researchers tested 1,016 70-year-olds, including 119 who had diabetes. The scientists discovered those with higher levels of phthalates in their blood had about twice the risk of developing diabetes than those with lower levels.

In an e-mail to WebMD, researcher P. Monica Lind said, “Even at relatively low levels of phthalate metabolites in the blood, the risk of getting diabetes begins to rise.”

This is not the first time BPA has been linked to diabetes. A team of Spanish and Mexican researchers made the connection in a study published in 2005. They called on the Environmental Protection Agency to lower the level considered safe for daily exposure. (A quick check of EPA’s Integrated Risk Information System shows no change.)

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8:10AM PDT on Mar 19, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

10:52AM PDT on Jul 16, 2012

Than for information. it is terrifying.

3:00AM PDT on May 4, 2012

oh my....

2:31PM PDT on May 3, 2012

sure lipstick may be is breathing houston air.

1:57PM PDT on May 1, 2012

Find out what's in your make up and which brands are safe to use, well, safer.

I'm switching all my make up based on this website info.

5:34AM PDT on Apr 30, 2012

Why do the US and Canada seem to not make any progress on the issue of BPA?? What is holding them back from banning it altogether? I guess I am just naive but it seems to me that if all of these studies are showing that it is causing all of this harm to people, WHY do we continue to allow it???

5:14AM PDT on Apr 30, 2012

Seems like everything is out to kill us...

9:17PM PDT on Apr 29, 2012

Honestly, I find it hard to believe that lipstick would be the biggest source of BPA to which a person is exposed. There are many more things that could be at play here

12:01AM PDT on Apr 29, 2012

Also consider the lead in lipstick:

9:55AM PDT on Apr 28, 2012

Reading articles like this makes me really, really glad that I never cared for lipstick or makeup as a kid, teenager and now adult.

Yea, I'd rather minimise potential risks to my health than look pretty for the boys, thanks.

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