If you’re a woman with bone density problems, you’d better watch the ingredients in your toothpaste, mouthwash, and soap. A study just published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism shows that the common antibacterial triclosan, added to many consumer products, is associated with bone issues in women.
The study reviewed data from more than 1800 women participating in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Those women found to have higher levels of triclosan in their urine samples had a higher incidence of bone issues including osteoporosis of the thigh, hip, and lower spine.
Triclosan is simply bad news. Earlier this year, I reported to you that it can also inactivate certain antibiotics including amoxicillin and ciprofloxacin. You should avoid it in all products by checking the ingredients before you buy.
Shaofang Cai, Jiahao Zhu, Lingling Sun, Chunhong Fan, Yaohong Zhong, Qing Shen, Yingjun Li. Association between urinary triclosan with bone mass density and osteoporosis in the US adult women, 2005-2010. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, 2019; DOI: 10.1210/jc.2019-00576