If you want to reduce your risk of developing arthritis with age, you may want to begin by attempting to purge your home of common household goods such as non-stick pans and take-out food containers. In research described as groundbreaking, scientists have linked a connection between chemical compounds known as PFCs and the development of osteoarthritis in women.
Exposure to PFCs is said to nearly universal as they are contained in textile stain protectors, grease-proofers, non-stick pans, carpets and even rain gear.
Now a new study suggests that when women who are exposed to high amounts of PFCs over the course of their lifetime run a greater risk of developing sometimes debilitating osteoarthritis as they age. Interestingly, the same phenomenon was not true for men examined in a comprehensive study conducted by researchers at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Science.
The scientists, who recently reported their findings in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, say while they haven’t determined the exact nature of the relationship between PFCs and female arthritis cases, they do have one suspect trigger: Hormones. The theorize that somehow toxins in the chemical stimulate hormones to cause some sort of systematic reaction that contributes to arthritis.