A chemical that is banned from hand sanitizers could double the chances of a woman developing osteoporosis, according to a new study.
Women with high triclosan exposure were more likely to have bone problems, with Chinese researchers linking the commonly used ingredient The analysis of more than 1,800 adult US women published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism) on Tuesday indicated that older women with higher levels of osteoporosis also have an increased risk of developing consumer goods. Triclosan in urine was at a higher risk of having weaker bones.
Due to its antibacterial properties, the hormone-disrupting chemical is often used in household items such as soap, mouthwash and hand sanitizer.
Trace elements can also be found in clothing, dishes, cosmetics and toys with the intention of fighting germs.
"We found that the highest levels of Tri-Closan in the urine were associated with lower bone density in the femur and lumbar spine," senior researcher Yingjun Li from Hangzhou's Health College of Health told HealthDay.
In April, the FDA also issued a ruling prohibiting its use in hand sanitizers in over-the-counter soaps the US – with clues that prove it effectively reduces gingivitis.
Li said this was the first study to examine the relationship between triclosan and human bone health.