Are your cosmetics causing diabetes?
September 17, 2012
Volume 2 | Issue 73
When most people think about the causes of diabetes, they think about the food you eat and genetics. But now there’s evidence that you need to look at the chemicals in your cosmetics.
Researchers recently discovered that phthalates may cause diabetes. You may have heard about phthalates before. The government banned some of them from children’s toys and some personal care products. However, many cosmetic companies, especially fragrance and nail polish companies, still use them in their products. Since your skin is like a sponge and absorbs just about anything you put on it, these products may give you diabetes.
The researchers in this study followed 2,350 women. All of those with extremely high levels of two particular phthalates – mono-benzyl phthalate and mono-isobutyl phthalate were more likely to develop diabetes. In fact, they were twice as likely to develop the disease as those with the lowest levels of the chemicals. While this is an association study – it doesn’t prove that phthalates cause diabetes – it’s clear these chemicals are still a huge concern.
With all the previous research done on phthalates, it’s a good idea to avoid putting any product with these chemicals on your skin. Unfortunately, most cosmetic manufacturers don’t label their products with the word “phthalates.” So finding them can be difficult. Most of the time, they use some of these labels to identify the chemicals: DEHP, butyl benzyl phthalate, di-n-butyl phthalate, di-n-octyl phthalate, diethyl phthalate dimethyl phthalate, mono- (2-ethyl-5-hydroxyhexyl), mono- (2-ethyl-5-oxohexyl), mono-2-ethylhexyl phthalate, mono-butyl phthalate, monobenzyl phthalate, monoethyl phthalate, monomethyl phthalate.
But instead of using cosmetics that contain these harsh chemicals, why not put nutrients on your skin instead. Recently Janet Zand, O.M.D., L.Ac developed a product that nourishes your skin in the nutrients I recommend for your whole body. As you may know, Dr. Zand is a naturopathic doctor, a board certified acupuncturist, and a nationally respected author, lecturer, practitioner and herbal products formulator who has helped thousands of people achieve better health. In! Magazine describes Dr. Zand as “Hollywood’s Best Kept Health Secret” because of her “A”-list clientele of movie stars, rock stars and professional athletes.
Dr. Zand has developed several lines of cosmetics. But she recently outdid herself with the best cosmetic kit she’s developed. It’s called Système 41. I’ve read some incredible testimonials from people who have used this product. And the best news is there’s not one chemical in her formulas that will cause diabetes! If you’d like to read more about Système 41, just follow this link
Your Insider for better health,
Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.
Environmental Health Perspectives, July 2012.