Osteoporosis: chemical Found in Cosmetics, toothpaste linked to osteoporosis

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. A new study indicates that it also exposes women more to osteoporosis.

Triclosan is used in products such as toothpaste, mouth rinses, cosmetics, some clothing and toys, and has been banned in some products in the United States.

In a study conducted with data from 1,848 women in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, Chinese researchers found that people with higher levels of triclosan in their urine were more likely to have bone problems.

Study author Yingjun Li of the School of Public Health at Hangzhou Medical College in Hangzhou, China, said that laboratory studies have shown that triclosan can have an adverse impact on bone mineral density in cell lines or in animals, but little is known about the relationship between triclosan and human bone health.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) noted that products containing triclosan are no more effective than hot water and regular cleaners for killing insects. The results were published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.

When people use a product that contains triclosan, a small amount is absorbed through the skin or mouth. Then this product aggravates or accelerates osteoporosis, which weakens bones, making them fragile and more prone to breakage.

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It develops slowly over several years and is often diagnosed only when a small fall or sudden impact causes a bone fracture. The most common injuries in people with osteoporosis are fractures of the wrist, hip and bone spine. However, they can also occur in other bones, such as the arm or pelvis.

Sometimes a cough or sneeze can cause a rib fracture or partial fracture of one of the bones of the spine. Osteoporosis is usually not painful until a fracture occurs, but fractures of the spine are a common cause of long-term pain.

It’s not the first time that triclosan has been on the news for its nefarious effects. Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis have found in experiments in mice that exposure to triclosan allows bacteria to resist doses of antibiotics that would otherwise be fatal. What’s more, this protective effect has been measured against multiple classes of antibiotics.

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