Chemical in soaps and toothpastes linked to osteoporosis in women

Research has linked triclosan, a common antibacterial chemical in soaps, hand sanitisers, toothpaste, and mouthwash, to osteoporosis in women…

This is according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

It may be a good idea to check the label of your soaps, toothpaste, mouthwash and hand sanitisers for triclosan.

In the US, triclosan, which is a known endocrine-disrupting chemical, has been banned from over-the-counter hand sanitiser by the FDA.

Almost 200 women studied

In this study, researchers analysed data from 1 848 women in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

They found that women with higher levels of triclosan in their urine were more likely to have bone issues.

“Laboratory studies have demonstrated that triclosan may have the potential to adversely affect the bone mineral density in cell lines or in animals. However, little is known about the relationship between triclosan and human bone health,” says the study’s corresponding author, Yingjun Li, Ph.D., of Hangzhou Medical College School of Public Health in Hangzhou, China.

“As far as we know, this is the first epidemiological study to investigate the association between triclosan exposure with bone mineral density and osteoporosis in a nationally representative sample from U.S. adult women.”

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