When we consider our risk for diabetes, we tend to think only of our own diet and exercise habits. But a new study performed by Brigham and Women’s Hospital indicates that even the products we use to take care of our skin, hair, and appearance may be multiplying our likelihood of developing the disease. The study demonstrates an association between high levels of phthalates–endocrine-disrupting chemicals–in the body and an increased risk of diabetes. Phthalates are commonly found in many varieties of personal care products, including lotion, body wash, nail polish, perfume, and hair spray. Americans–especially women–put themselves in danger of developing diabetes without even knowing it when they use these everyday products.
As an industry leader in personal care products, Johnson & Johnson now has the unique opportunity to be the first to declare its products phthalate-free. The company produces several lines of cosmetics and personal care items, including Aveeno, Neutrogena, and Clean & Clear. In order to keep each and every one of its products safe for years of repeated use, Johnson & Johnson must first take steps to remove these poisonous chemicals from any brand bearing its company name.