Triclosan is a chemical widely used as an antibacterial in soaps, toothpaste and other personal care products.

Research published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism has investigated for the first time the association between triclosan exposure with bone mineral density and osteoporosis.  Triclosan is a chemical widely used as an antibacterial in soaps, toothpaste and other personal care products.

Women exposed to triclosan are more likely to develop osteoporosis, says the study.

Triclosan is an endocrine-disrupting chemical that has been banned by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from over-the-counter hand sanitiser in recent years.

The research, published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, is the first of its kinds to investigate the association between triclosan exposure with bone mineral density and osteoporosis.

A person can be exposed to triclosan via consumer products — like soaps, hand sanitisers, toothpaste, and mouthwash — and contaminated water.

The researchers analysed data from 1,848 women to determine the link between triclosan and bone health. They found women with higher levels of triclosan in their urine were more likely to have bone issues.

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