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Common Plastics Chemical Might Boost Diabetes Risk
Date:4/12/2012

g Group, a group trying to rid hazardous chemicals from consumer products, there is no practical way to choose phthalate-free products. Sometimes the print on ingredient labels is too small to read, and different names are often used for the same plasticizing chemicals. And some products lack ingredient labels even though they're required by federal regulations.

That said, some of the names to look for in cosmetics, self-care products, solid air fresheners, and scented candles are: mono-methyl phthalate (MMP), mono-ethyl phthalate (MEP) and mono-isobutyl phthalate (MiBP), which are types of the chemicals dimethylphthalate (DMP), diethyl phthalate (DEP) and di-isobutyl phthalate (DiBP). DMP is also used in ink and as a softening agent in plastics.

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For more information on phthalates in cosmetics, visit the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

SOURCES: Monica Lind, Ph.D., associate professor of environmental medicine, section for occupational and environmental medicine, Uppsala University, Sweden; April 12, 2012, Diabetes Care, online


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