WAn alert exposed to a chemical used in some toothpastes, soaps and antibacterial products are at increased risk for osteoporosis, a study suggests.
Researchers found that women with higher levels of triclosan, who was once linked to bowel cancer and resistance to antibiotics, were more likely to have bone disease.
Triclosan is added to some antibacterial soaps and liquid soaps, toothpastes and some cosmetics.
It can also be found in clothes, kitchen utensils, furniture and toys.
In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) banned the triclosan from rubbing antiseptic and antibacterial hand and hand washing, but such a ban does not exist in the UK.
Unilever is a manufacturer that has eliminated triclosan from its entire range of products in response to consumer demand, while claiming to be confident that the chemical is safe.
The new study, published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, analyzed data from 1848 women and found that those with higher levels of triclosan in urine were more likely to have bone problems.
Author Yingjun Li of the School of Public Health of Hangzhou Medical School in Hangzhou, China said: "Laboratory studies have shown that triclosan may have an adverse effect on bone mineral density in cell or animal lines.