A common ingredient used in cosmetics and plastics has been found to be related to the development of Type-2 diabetes in seniors. High levels of phthalates have a severe effect on diabetes risk, according to researchers at Uppsala University. The association is so pronounced that even a moderate increase in phthalate levels doubles a person's chances developing Type-2 diabetes. Dr Monica Lind, co-author of the study, commented: "Although our results need to be confirmed in more studies, they do support the hypothesis that certain environmental chemicals can contribute to the development of diabetes." However, Dr Lind has called for further research to confirm the association, before steps are taken to stop the harmful effect of phthalates. A previous study has also suggested that prenatal exposure to phthalates causes decreased mental and motor development in babies. The chemicals are known to disrupt the endocrine system but are still commonly used in an array of everyday objects. Find the nearest Barchester care home.