[REVEALED]: Bizarre Link Between Shampoo and Diabetes?!
If I were to ask you what you think the risk of getting diabetes from your shampoo is, you’d probably do two things:
- Go looking for another doctor
And to be honest, I wouldn’t blame you. After all, connecting shampooing your hair to blood sugar levels seems absurd.
But not so fast.
The disturbing truth is, scientists HAVE uncovered a stranger-than-fiction link between some personal care products and diabetes risk.
Phthalates are a class of chemicals that make plastics more durable.
If you’re a regular Living Well Daily reader, you’re likely already familiar with them. After all, I’ve warned readers about phthalates many times before.
But you may know them better as “forever chemicals.” (More on that later.)
We’re exposed to phthalates through food and beverage packaging, personal care products, fragrances, and even children’s toys.
And now scientists from the University of Michigan School of Public Health found a connection between personal hygiene products, like soap and shampoo, and diabetes risk.
In fact, according to a stunning article published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, simply using shampoo and soap could increase a woman’s risk of diabetes by up to 60 percent.
The more phthalates the volunteers had in their bloodstream, the more likely they were to develop diabetes by the end of the study period.
You see, phthalates are endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDRs). Which means they can interfere with hormone production.
Various studies have ALREADY linked EDRs to breast and ovarian cancers because they mimic estrogen in the body. Now it looks like we can add diabetes to that list.
Phthalates are known as “forever chemicals” because they’re nearly indestructible. They’ll literally last in the environment for thousands of years. And when they get into your bloodstream, they can accumulate over time.
Fortunately, you CAN reduce your phthalates exposure. Most of which comes through plastics and fragrances.
It’s impossible to avoid all plastic packaging, of course. But you can…
- switch to using bar soaps instead of body washes and shampoos
- choose products packaged in glass and store food in glass or steel containers instead of plastic
- avoid heating foods in plastic containers
- ditch the bottled waters that come in plastic
To find cleaner and safer personal care products check out the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database found here online. You can search for any brand or cosmetic to see what’s truly hiding behind the label.
And another thing…
Here’s what else we’ve been chatting about this week in Living Well Daily…
Rising blood sugar doesn’t just go hand-in-hand with diabetes. It’s ALSO a trigger for some of the WORST diseases that often come with aging. Discover the six most common diabetes warning signs you shouldn’t ignore.
It’s no wonder that canned tuna is so popular. Talk about a versatile food! But canned tuna has a hidden dark side. And we need to talk about it.
Recent research revealed a starting number of older Americans suffer from a diet-related condition we never expected to see. And it could be putting them at risk for obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and more. Discover how your natural “hardwiring” could be backfiring on you.
Incontinence is a common problem affecting up to 75 percent of women over 65. Various health issues can contribute to urinary incontinence from diabetes to weak pelvic floor muscles. And so can some common meds. Find out what you can TRY to STAY dry.
It turns out one in eight adults 50 or older shows signs of battling food addiction. But overcoming a food addiction CAN be done when you know the RIGHT steps.
The stress of modern living can keep you stuck in damaging “fight or flight” mode raising your risks for health threats like obesity and heart attacks. Discover the cause and surprisingly simple cure.
P.S. Phthalates aren’t the only “forever chemical” we’re being exposed to. Perfluoroalkyl substances or PFAS are EVERYWHERE… including in our drinking water. CLICK HERE to find out how to ensure your own water is safe.
“Phthalates and Incident Diabetes in Midlife Women: The Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation (SWAN), The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, 2023; dgad033, https://doi.org/10.1210/clinem/dgad033
Written By Dr. Scott Olson, ND
Nearly 25 years ago, failed mainstream medical treatments left Dr. Olson in constant pain – and his health in ruins. And that’s when he did something REVOLUTIONARY. He began his career in medicine – and dedicated his life to uncovering the true, underlying causes of disease.
Through his innovative medical practices in Tennessee and Colorado, Dr. Olson has helped cure countless seniors from across America of arthritis… heart disease… diabetes… and even cancer. All without risky prescription drugs or painful surgeries.
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