Triclosan and Osteoporosis

Triclosan and osteoporosis.

A recent study in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism has found an association between osteoporosis in women and triclosan.  Triclosan is an antimicrobial agent that has been added to toothpastes, underarm deodorants and some cosmetic products.
In light of this new finding, it is necessary for me to advice my valued patients to read the contents of the products to ensure that there is no triclosan added.  Some studies have shown triclosan could be linked to issues such as antibiotic resistance and decreasing thyroid hormones, but these studies are limited, according to the FDA and results are not yet conclusive.