Chemicals could influence type 2 diabetes

Researchers examine the influence of chemicals such as parabens and bisphenol A on the development of type 2 diabetes. The study finds a link, but emphasizes the importance of further research.

A study, published in the journal Environmental Research , has analyzed the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by associating it with non-persistent environmental pollutants, as widely used chemicals are called.

For example, parabens, widely used in cosmetics such as shampoo, shaving creams, among others.

In the study, in addition to parabens, the researchers found concentrations of two types of benzophenones and bisphenol A (BPA) in the collected serum samples. To contrast, questionnaires were made with the participants on sociodemographic, dietary and lifestyle factors.

The data was analyzed from information collected over 23 years. In this data set, 182 new cases of type 2 diabetes were diagnosed. In the sample, methylparaben was the most frequent contaminant found, present in 88.4% of the samples.

In samples with higher concentrations of propylparaben, between 0.53 and 9.26 ng / ml, the risks of developing type 2 diabetes were statistically higher.

The researchers also note that the concentration of these chemicals was higher in women than in men.

Although the study points to this relationship, the researchers caution that the results should be viewed with caution, as other factors may have interfered. More research would be needed to better analyze the influence of these chemicals as risk factors for type 2 diabetes.

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