Household chemicals cause osteoarthritis

They're the secret ingredients, the household chemicals that add a touch of modern convenience to everyday life, making products no-stick, stain-resistant, wrinkle-free, waterproof, and more.

They cost a little more at the register, but the real price of all that convenience isn't money.

It's years of pain and suffering -- because the polyfluorinated compounds that make it all happen could eat your joints from the inside, with new research, of household chemicals, showing how some of these PFCs can increase the risk of osteoarthritis in women.

Women with the highest levels of exposure to two PFCs, known as PFOA and PFOS, have nearly double the risk of osteoarthritis of women with the lowest levels of exposure.

The risk is highest in women between the ages of 20 and 49, and a little lower in women over the age of 50. That's almost certainly because many older women didn't grow up with household chemicals and PFCs absolutely everywhere.

If you're under 50, however, odds are these household chemicals have been with you every moment of your life -- from birth, until right now.

You'll find PFCs in your kitchen, bedroom, and bathroom. They're the household chemicals in your furniture, on your walls and floors, and in your clothes. They're even in your food, and all that exposure can add up to a lot more than a higher risk of osteoarthritis.

In women, they can increase the risk of early menopause by 40 percent -- and early menopause itself is a risk factor for heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, and more.

In men, PFOA has been linked to testicular cancer. And in one new study, prenatal exposure to PFOA increased the risk of low sperm counts during adulthood.

And in men and women alike, PFCs can cause immune system damage, hypothyroidism, birth defects, sexual dysfunction, and more. One study I told you about recently found that PFOA can increase the risk of kidney cancer by 170 percent.

It's almost impossible to eliminate all sources of PFCs at this point. But you can dramatically reduce your exposure to some of the worst such as PFOA and PFOS by simply sticking to some of the old-fashioned options you grew up with.

Since one of the most common sources of PFC exposure is from no-stick cookware, you can start by purchasing a good cast-iron skillet. And work with a doctor who can put you through a detoxification program to reduce the levels of PFCs and other toxins in your body no matter where they came from.