11 Surprising Diabetes Triggers

The causes of diabetes aren't limited to your kitchen and cupboards.

April 24, 2012

Scented candles that set the mood

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The connection: Phthalates are plasticizing, hormone-disrupting chemicals dubbed "obesogens" for their likely ability to promote weight gain. An April study also found that people with higher levels of phthalates in their bodies were twice as likely to have diabetes, a hormonal disease. Phthalates often lurk in synthetic fragrances, including those in scented candles.

Protect yourself: You don't have to totally kick your candle habit. Just burn beeswax candles; they naturally produce air-cleaning negative ions.

Read More: Study: Scented Candles Spew Carcinogens

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