Triclosan has long been the cause of controversy, with several countries branding it a ‘toxic substance’ but a new study suggests that the anti-bacterial agent commonly found in soaps and toothpaste could be linked to osteoporosis in women, according to a report published by The Telegraph.
Published by the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, the study conducted by the Hangzhou Medical College School of Public Health looked at data from 1,848 women and found that those whose urine contained higher levels of triclosan were more likely to suffer from the bone condition.
“Laboratory studies have demonstrated that triclosan may have potential to adversely affect the bone mineral density in cell lines or in animals,” Author Yongjun Li told The Telegraph. “However, little is known about the relationship between triclosan and human bone health.
“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 US adult women.”