Hypothyroidism and a Common Chemical in Your Home
Common Chemical Can Cause Thyroid Problems In Women, Study Finds
A chemical commonly used in manufacturing can cause hypothyroidism in women, according to a new study.
By Amir Khan
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WEDNESDAY, July 17, 2013 —A common chemical found in everything from carpets to cosmetics may be dangerous to women, according to a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Researchers from En Chu Kong Hospital in Taiwan found that a type of chemical known as perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) are linked to thyroid disruptions in women and can cause long-lasting health issues.
“Perfluorinated compounds are widely used in the manufacture of fabrics, carpets, surfactants, lubricants, paper coatings, cosmetics, and fire-fighting foams,” the researchers, led by author Chien-Yu Lin, MD, PhD, a researcher with En Chu Kong Hospital, wrote in the study.
The researchers analyzed data from 1,181 participants in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2007-2008 and 2009-2010 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, and found that women with higher levels of PFCs in their blood were more likely to have hypothyroidism – a condition in which the thyroid fails to produce adequate hormone levels. The same effect, however, was not seen in men.
Hypothyroidism can cause fatigue, mental depression, weight gain, feeling cold, dry skin and hair, constipation and menstrual irregularities, researchers said, and although many companies have started phasing the chemicals out, they can linger in the body for upwards of four years.
"Although some PFCs such as PFOS have been phased out of production by major manufacturers, these endocrine-disrupting chemicals remain a concern because they linger in the body for extended periods," Dr. Lin said in the statement. "Too little information is available about the possible long-term effects these chemicals could have on human health."
PFCs are an endocrine disrupting chemical that can mimic estrogen in the human body, and disrupt its natural hormone levels. This disruption can lead to various health issues, including arthritis in women.
"Our hormone systems are incredibly delicate and can be thrown off by tiny doses of hormone-disrupting chemicals," said Sarah Uhl, a researcher at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, who conducted a study that found that PFC exposure raises a woman's risk for arthritis, published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives in February. "And processes like inflammation and cartilage repair are associated with our hormones, and are also associated with osteoarthritis."
Lin's study is just the beginning, while it shows a strong correlation between PFCs and hypothyroidism, much more work needs to be done to confirm it. However, he stressed that this is a good stepping stone to further research, he said,
“Our results provide clues about where to focus future epidemiologic and toxicology research,” Lin wrote in the study.
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