Women Hurt By Personal Care Products

According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 2001-2008, studies show that women have higher urinary concentrations of several phthalate metabolites compared to men, possibly due to higher use of personal-care products. These higher concentrations seem to be linked to diabetes in women and, while few studies have been able to evaluate the association between phthalate metabolites, diabetes, and diabetes-related risk factors, the study shows a link to personal-care products women use on a daily basis. Women with increased levels of concentrations had increased odds of diabetes compared to woman with the lowest levels of phthalates.