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Chemical found in soap and toothpaste linked to osteoporosis in women



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Triclosan is added to some antibacterial soaps and body washes, toothpastes, and some cosmetics

It can also be found in clothing, kitchenware, furniture and toys

In the US, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has banned triclosan from antiseptic and antibacterial hand rubbs and hand washes

Unilever is one manufacturer that has been phased out of triclosan from its entire range of products in response to consumer demand, although it says it is confident that the chemical is safe

The new study, published in Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, Analyzed Data and from 1

,848 women and found that those with higher levels of triclosan in their urine were more likely to have bone problems

Author Yingjun Li, from Hangzhou Medical College School of Public Health in Hangzhou, China, said: "Laboratory studies have demonstrated that triclosan may have a potential to adversely affect bone mineral density in cell lines or in animals


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