Cosmetics Linked to Thyroid Problems in Women. Ever wonder if your cosmetics could cause you health problems? Well, a new study suggests that the use of certain types of cosmetics has been associated with a higher risk of inducing thyroid problems in women. The United States National Health and Nutrition Examinations Survey study was published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism yesterday. Researchers analyzed of over 1200 individuals and analyzed their thyroid functions under 4 levels of PFCs (perfluorinated chemicals) over a time-period from 2007-2010.
Perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) are chemicals utilized in many manufactured products such as paper coatings, cosmetics, carpets, fabrics, and cosmetics. Exposure to these chemicals can pose health risks, because they are known to metabolize at a slow rate and they also remain in the body for long periods of time. Upon the Journal’s press release, study author Dr. Chein-Yu Lin states: “Our study is the first to link PFC levels in the blood with changes in thyroid function using a nationally representative survey of American adults.”
The study found that besides altering thyroid performance and function when men and women possess higher levels of PFCs, that PFCs also cause an increased risk for women to contract hypothyroidism. Lin also states that: “Too little information is available about the possible long-term effects these chemicals could have on human health.” Hypothyroidism is a condition which results in a lack of hormone production in the thyroid gland. Hypothyroidism results in symptoms such as depression, lethargy, temperature sensitivity, coarse skin and hair, menstrual changes, weight gain, and constipation.
Many manufacturers have already made the necessary changes in their products to lower the exposure to PFCs, However those individuals that have been exposed to them most likely still have lingering remnants of the chemicals in their bodies that have not been expelled.