(WXYZ) - A new study shows a link between a chemical used in certain cosmetics and an increased risk of diabetes among women.
Phthalates are found in products like perfume, nail polish, hair spray, moisturizers and some soaps.
Companies use phthalates as plasticizers to keep the product flexible.
Previous studies have shown a connection between phthalates and other health risks, but researchers say the new study from Brigham and Women's Hospital is the first of its kind to show a direct link between phthalates and diabetes.
The study analyzed urine samples from 2,350 women that were collected by the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention.
Researchers found women who had higher than average levels of phthalates in their system were 60 percent more likely to develop diabetes.
Researchers pointed out that more study is needed because phthalates can also be found in some medicines.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires companies to list ingredients of cosmetics on their labels, but phthalates may or may not be included on the list. Under federal regulations, companies can choose to list the word "fragrance" as an ingredient, but not necessarily disclose what individual ingredients are used in making the "fragrance." The fragrance may or may not be made up of phthalates.
You can read more about phthalates on the FDA's website .
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