Researchers Cite Stain-Repellent Chemical to Cause Thyroid

Researchers Cite Stain-Repellent Chemical to Cause ThyroidScientists have revealed to have found a link between a stain-repellent chemical used in consumer goods like non-stick pans and water-resistant fabrics with thyroid disease, triggering questions about the potential health risks of exposure to the harmful chemical.

According to team leader Professor David Melzer of the Peninsula Medical School, "There have long been suspicions that PFOA concentrations might be linked to changes in thyroid hormone levels".

A study by Exeter University and the Peninsula Medical School suggested that people with higher concentrations of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) in their blood are more vulnerable to thyroid disease risk.

Thyroid disease occurs when the thyroid gland becomes inefficient to supply the required amount of hormones needed by the body.

The study involved 3966 adults aged 20 and older whose blood serum was sampled between 1999 and 2006 for PFOA and other perfluoroalkyl acid (PFAA) compounds, including perfluoroctane sulphonate (PFOS), which were analyzed by the researchers.

The outcome of the study cited the highest 25% of PFOA concentrations exceeded twice the chances to report current thyroid disease than those individuals with the lowest 50 percent of PFOA concentrations.