Household Chemicals Linked to Hypothyroidism in Women
Researchers now believe perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) found in household products may lead to hypothyroidism.
What are PFCs?
- PFCs are fluorine containing chemicals often used to make common items waterproof or stainproof.
- PFCs are used to stain proof carpets, clothing, and furniture.
- Often used to oil proof pizza boxes and fast food containers.
- Found in paints and cleaners
- Commonly used in cosmetics.
PFCs Link to Hypothyroidism and Other Diseases
“Experimental animal studies and epidemiological findings have demonstrated the effects of PFCs on thyroid functions.” – Dr. Chien-Yu Lin of En Chu Kong Hospital in Taiwan to Fox News
- A study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism showed participants with higher PFC levels had developed hypothyroidism.
- Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid gland does not develop enough hormones for the body.
- Hypothyroidism can lead to weight gain and fatigue.
- PFC exposure has also been linked to kidney, liver, and heart disease.
- High PFC exposure may lead to high cholesterol, certain types of cancer, and weakened immune functions in children.
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