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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