As people age, many are concerned by some of the health issues they face, as a number of diseases come at a greater risk with getting older. Diabetes remains one of the major dangers to senior health, particularly as people become older and are not able to move around as much, decreasing their metabolic rate. Older adults and those providing home health care may want to be aware of some of the risk factors for diabetes, as the disease can have harmful effects on senior living.
According to new research out of Brigham and Women's Hospital, chemicals in products such as moisturizers, nail polishes, soaps, perfumes and hair sprays could increase women's risk for diabetes. The researchers note that these kinds of products lead to an increase of phthalates, which disrupt the endocrine system, causing women to have a heightened risk of developing diabetes.
The researchers looked at the urinary concentrations of 2,350 women who were a part of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. The researchers found that women who had the highest levels of chemicals such as mono-benzyl phthalate and mono-isobutyl phthalate had almost double the risk of diabetes in comparison to women with the lowest levels.
Additionally, women who had above-average readings of mono-3-carboxypropyl phthalate had a 60 percent increased risk of diabetes, which women with higher levels of mono-n-butyl phthalate and di-2-ethlyhexyl had a 70 percent increased chance of developing diabetes.
"This is an important first step in exploring the connection between phthalates and diabetes," said Dr. Tamarra James-Todd, the study's lead author. "We know that in addition to being present in personal care products, phthalates also exist in certain types of medical devices and medication that is used to treat diabetes and this could also explain the higher level of phthalates in diabetic women. So overall, more research is needed."
Diabetes care remains a major part of senior living. According to the American Diabetes Association, more than 25.8 million people in the U.S. have diabetes, equating for 8.3 percent of the total population. The age group with the highest prevalence of the disease is in those 65 and older, as 10.9 million people, or 26.9 percent, of those over 65 have diabetes.
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