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Chemicals Found In Toothpaste and Cosmetics Linked To Bone Disease

That's according to a study in Tuesday's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

A study of 1,848 women carried out between 2005 and 2010 revealed that those with higher levels of triclosan in their systems were more likely to develop osteoporosis, which weakens the bones and makes sufferers more prone to fractures.

In 2016, the US Food and Drug Administration limited the use of triclosan in some products as it was not proven to be safe for long-term use.

It's not the first time that triclosan has been on the news for its nefarious effects.

"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 USA adult women", said the study's corresponding author, Yingjun Li, PhD, of Hangzhou Medical College School of Public Health in Hangzhou, China.

The research indicated that triclosan - used in a variety of consumer products - could have a negative impact on bone health as it interferes with the function of the thyroid.

In women, reduced estrogen production during menopause and afterward can slow production of new bone tissues.

The gender-bending chemical triclosan could be a risk factor for the bone disease osteoporosis, researchers said.

The study wasn't a controlled experiment created to prove whether or how triclosan might directly cause osteoporosis. Another study suggested that exposure to triclosan may disrupt some reproductive and developmental processes in infants.

"Luckily, triclosan is rapidly excreted from the body after exposure, so in theory, it should be possible to reduce the amount of it we have on our bodies by avoiding continuous exposure", Claudio, who wasn't involved in the study, said by email. A person can be exposed to triclosan via consumer products and contaminated water.

"People who are concerned can avoid products that contain triclosan by reading the labels", Claudio advised.

Cosmetics toothpaste osteoporosis-Triclosan is an antibacterial chemical that is linked to intestinal cancer, resistance to antibiotics, also affects the brain, heart and thyroid and male hormonal balance.

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