Sorry, germophobes, but that bottle of hand sanitizer in your purse or in your car might be hard on your heart. A recent study shows that triclosan, a chemical found in antibacterial soaps and sanitizers, may damage muscle function, including slowing down that essential cardiac muscle. After exposing mice daily to the chemical, the researchers noted that triclosan reduced gripping strength in the rodents by 18 percent and slowed down heart function by a terrifying 25 percent. Is hand sanitizer going to stop your heart? Probably not. But Dr. Isaac Pessah, the study’s lead author, wants consumers — and the FDA — to be aware of its effects.
Introduced in the 1970s, the compound triclosan has become an increasingly popular ingredient in many antibacterial soaps and other personal-care items, such as deodorants and mouthwashes. However, as the chemical’s popularity continues to grow, a recent report has raised concerns about some frightening risks that triclosan could pose to public health.
A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has revealed that exposure to triclosan is linked with muscle function impairments in humans and mice, as well as slowing the swimming of fish. By reducing contractions in both cardiac and skeletal muscles, the chemical has the potential to contribute to heart disease and heart failure.
The researchers from the University of California, Davis, and the University of Colorado decided to examine the possible effects of triclosan due to recent literature raising health concerns about the chemical, as well as substantial increases in its production.
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So…. Does this mean I should stop using it? I basically leave a small bottle in the car for when I pump gas. We all know those pumps are horrible and full of germs!
Question: Will you stop using it? Leave a comment below.