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Chemical Found in Soap and Toothpaste Linked to Osteoporosis in Women

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By    |   Wednesday, 26 June 2019 01:23 PM

Women who have been exposed to a chemical found in soap, toothpaste, and mouthwash have a higher risk of developing osteoporosis, new research has found. The culprit — triclosan — is found in various antibacterial and personal care products and can wreak havoc on the body's endocrine system, which is made up of hormone producing glands responsible for regulating the body's growth, metabolism and function. Researchers have now linked the chemical to an increased risk of osteoporosis.

"Laboratory studies have demonstrated that triclosan may have potential to adversely affect the bone mineral density in cell lines or in animals," said the study's corresponding author Yingjun Li, Ph.D., of Hangzhou Medical College School of Public Health in Hangzhou, China.

To arrive at their findings, which were published in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, researchers surveyed data gathered from 1,848 women to determine the link between triclosan and bone health. They discovered that women with higher levels of triclosan in their urine were more likely to have bone issues.

The discovery could open many doors in research. It is estimated that 9.9 million Americans have osteoporosis. A further 43.1 million have low bone density, according to Medscape. As a result, roughly 432,000 Americans will be admitted to the hospital, 2.5 million will have to visit the medical office with related injuries, and 180,000 elderly citizens will have to be admitted into nursing homes.

The FDA has moved to ban triclosan from over-the-counter hand sanitizers in the U.S. in recent years. In the U.K., however, retailers continue to sell products containing the chemical, The Telegraph noted. Consumer demand is slowly forcing certain manufacturers to phase out triclosan from their products.

Commenting on their findings, Yingjun Li noted that, while the results were promising, little is known about the relationship between triclosan and human bone health. However, with few other studies looking into the topic, this research could pave the way for future studies.

"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," said Yingjun Li.

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