Chemicals commonly found in personal hygiene products can cause girls to soon reach puberty, according to a new report. RELATED:…
Chemicals commonly found in personal hygiene products can cause girls to soon reach puberty, according to a new report.
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University of California researchers in Berkeley recently conducted a trial published in the Human Reproductive Journal to determine how early environmental impacts affect childhood development.
“In the past 20 years, studies have shown that girls and possibly boys have experienced puberty at progressively younger ages,” the team said in a statement. “This is worrying news, because earlier age at puberty has been linked to increased risk of mental illness, breast and ovarian cancer in girls and testicular cancer in boys.”
For their assessment, the pregnant women who lived in the farm recruited, mainly Latin American communities in central California’s Salinas Valley between 1
999 and 2000. They then examined the urine samples of mothers during pregnancy and urine samples of the 338 born children.
After analyzing the results, they found daughters of mothers who had higher levels of diethyl phthalate and triclosan in their bodies while the pregnancy experienced puberty at younger ages.
In fact, they said each time the levels of diethyl phthalate and triclosan in the mother’s urine doubled, the time of developmental tolerance in girls was changed approximately one month earlier. They did not observe the same results in boys.
Diethyl phthalate, which is a stabilizing chemical, is often used in smells and cosmetics. And triclosan is used in some toothpastes.
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“We know that some of the things we put on our bodies come into our bodies, either because they pass through the skin or we breathe them or we accidentally take them,” said co-author Kim Harley. “We need to know how these chemicals affect our health.”
The researchers pointed out earlier studies have found many of these chemicals found in personal products such as shampoo, soap, perfumes, interfering with reproductive development in rats.
However, the Berkeley study is one of the few to investigate how chemicals affect people.
“We wanted to know what effect exposure to these chemicals has under certain critical development benefits, which includes before birth and during puberty, says Harley.
As researchers continue their investigations, adults are advised to limit exposure to the chemicals.  “While more research is needed,” Harley acknowledged, “people should be aware that there are chemicals in personal products that can interfere with the hormones in our bodies.”
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