The hygiene products we use every day hold in their composition a chemical that reportedly endangers our health and causes chronic diseases we cannot get rid of. The common chemical can be found in soaps, hand sanitizer, and toothpaste. These few household items we use day to day could increase our risks to develop osteoporosis, a new study reports.
Researchers from health facilities in China have recently conducted research, which was later issued in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, to investigate the risk of triclosan.
Triclosan is a commonly used chemical in antibacterial items, for instance, soaps, hand sanitizer, and mouthwash. To study the effects of the chemical, the research team used data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey to examine 1,848 women and then analyzed the connection between triclosan and bone health. After reviewing the results, they discovered that women that came in contact with the chemical were more prone to develop osteoporosis.
Yingjun Li, a study co-author, said in a statement that laboratory research has proven that triclosan many have potential to negatively impact the bone mineral concentration in cell lines or animals. Even so, there is not much known about the connection between triclosan and human bone health. As far as the team can tell, this study is the first epidemiological research to investigate the link between triclosan exposure with bone mineral density and osteoporosis in a states representative sample from the United States adult women, Li added.
Other researchers have previously assessed the adverse effects of triclosan. Just this year, scientists from Washington University in St. Louis discovered antibiotics were less efficient in annihilating bacteria that came into contact with triclosan.
Also, back in 2012, the US Food and Drug Administration prohibited the chemical from being used in consumer soaps sold as antimicrobial. The health agency noted safety concerns and lack of efficacy.