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Can toothpaste cause osteoporosis?

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Triclosan is an endocrine disruptor which is persistent in the environment and detrimental to aquatic life. Researchers theorize it negatively impacts your thyroid gland, increasing your risk of osteoporosis
  • Osteoporosis is a condition in which bone mass is lost; this increases the chances of breaking your bones. There are several risk factors, such as age, gender, ethnicity and family history along with taking certain medications, having an inactive lifestyle and smoking
  • Researchers found that those with the highest levels of triclosan in their urine have the greatest risk of bone mineral density decline and osteoporosis. Those with osteoporosis are more likely to fracture their hips, which increases the risks of disability and death
  • Triclosan has been banned in hand sanitizers but remains an ingredient in many toothpaste brands. Consider using this recipe to make your own toothpaste, without toxic ingredients and which you may flavor to your individual taste

Osteoporosis is a condition of the bones in which bone mass is lost; this increases the risk of fracturing your wrists, hips and spine. Osteoporosis affects men and women. More than 53 million people in the U.S. already have the condition or are at risk for developing it. Risk factors are either fixed or modifiable. Those factors you cannot change include:

While there are things you cannot change, there are certain ones over which you have control. Long term use of certain medications, having an inactive lifestyle or being on extended bed rest, along with smoking all increase your risk of bone loss. A diet low in calcium and vitamin D also increases your risk because both are necessary for your body to create dense bones.


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