BANGALORE, December 29, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --
PFOA Causes Hyperthyroidism, High Cholesterol and PCOD
Nowadays, kitchens are equipped with non-stick cookware or Teflon coated cooking utensils. Stain-resistant clothes or mats also emanate Teflon coated particles. Even water sources may be plagued by PFOA, found in Teflon. What people might believe to be a smart lifestyle decision may be working against them. Internationally there is a move towards reducing dependency on products that may be lined with PFOA based substances.
Hairline International Research & Treatment Centre released a report on the effects of Teflon that contains Perfluorooctanoate Acid (PFOA), on hair fall. The report was released by Dr. S. Sacchidanand, Director of Medical Education, Government of Karnataka. In this recently concluded study, it was proven that 80% of the cases visiting the clinic with hair fall are PFOA positive. What is alarming is that of these cases, 65%, irrespective of gender developed high cholesterol, 70% of the women developed Polycystic Ovarian Disease (PCOD) and 65% developed hypothyroidism.
Speaking on the release of this research, Dr. Sacchidanand said, "There are a number of products we use on a daily basis thinking that they are good for our health and lifestyle. However, research such as the one released by Hairline International today shows that there is a need to examine such products and substances in depth to truly understand their impact on us in the long run."
Speaking on this research, Dr. Dinesh G Gowda, Dermatosurgeon, Hairline International Research & Treatment Center says, "Once PFOA is in the system, it is metabolized by the kidneys and liver, affecting the larger organs significantly in the long run. There are a range of diseases that the average human is now exposed as a result of lifestyle changes and the hectic pace of life in general. What was once perceived as a move towards a healthy lifestyle can now be the cause of illness."
Dr. Premalatha V, Dermatosurgeon, Hairline International Research & Treatment Center says, "We have routinely carried out numerous researches on the various elements patients are exposed to and their possible connection to hair loss. Teflon (PFOA) is a commonly occurring element in households and even in water, and we found it important to look into its connection with hair loss. This research provides a new approach to dealing with hair loss and looks beyond known causes usually found in textbooks. This approach takes into account the new lifestyle diseases that are now afflicting people."
Ms. Bani Anand, Founder and Managing Director, Hairline International says, "Hairline's research wing has, over the years undertaken numerous researches which have helped us enhance the medical management of hair and skin that we are dedicated to. Internationally, a number of researches have been conducted on the possible harmful effects of PFOA and it has been found to have negative effects. This research helps us understand how an everyday element can wreak havoc on hair and how it may be countered."
What is Teflon?
Teflon coated pans are a common occurrence in most homes, especially considering that these products are marketed for the health conscious. One of the substances it comprises is PFOA. Most of the fast food packaging as well as candy wrappers and pizza box liners have traces of PFOA in them. PFOA has also been found in industrial waste, stain resistant carpets, carpet cleaning liquids as well as in house dust, microwaveable popcorn bags, food and water.
Once ingested in humans, PFOA has an average elimination half-life of about 3 years. There are also reports that have shown in animal based testing that there is a connection between PFOA and the occurrence of bladder, colon and prostate cancer.
Research Methodology, Observation and Inference
Hairline International Research & Treatment Centre conducted an observational study across 6 centres of the organization for a period of one year from October 1, 2015 to October 30, 2016 to understand the effects of PFOA in the blood and its correlation to hair loss. 500 cases and 500 controls were taken for the study.
A detailed history was taken for each of the cases to understand their lifestyles and the number of times they use non-stick cookware in a week.
It was seen that 401 out of the 500 cases (chosen from the urban areas) examined, tested positive for PFOA in the blood. These results were primarily from the age group of 18 years to 44 years and those working professionals who were regular in consuming food made in non-stick cookware at least 4-6 times a week.
The 500 controls, on the other hand, were Bengalureans from lower strata of society - mostly physical and manual labourers, who used earthen pots and steel or aluminium cookware to cook or warm their food. Only 15 subjects were found to be PFOA positive.
The study thus concluded that 80% of the cases visiting the clinic with hair fall are PFOA-positive. High PFOA levels leads to a higher incidence of PCOD, hypothyroidism, and high cholesterol, all of which indirectly cause hair fall. Further studies are needed to clearly identify clinically meaningful aspects of PFOA-associated hair loss. Larger studies may be required to draw definitive conclusions.
About Hairline International Research & Treatment Centre
Hairline International Hair & Skin Clinic has created a reliable reputation for itself in the field of medical management of hair and skin. Ably supporting the various techniques employed by the medical professionals at Hairline International is its Research Wing. Hairline International Research Centre, has over the years tried to understand the various causes that lead to hair loss, directly or indirectly. With the increasing numbers of people coming in for skin and hair ailments, Hairline International Research & Treatment Centre regularly undertakes studies and attempts to find a common factor among causes of hair loss.
Headquartered at Jayanagar, Bangalore, Hairline International functions under the stewardship of young and dynamic entrepreneur, Ms. Bani Anand. Hairline has a panel of dermatologists, dermatosurgeons, diabetologists, gynaecologists, general physicians and nutritionists on board to tackle hair and skin issues holistically. Hairline has 6 centers Bangalore - Indiranagar, Whitefield, Marathahalli, Jayanagar, Richmond Road and RT Nagar.
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Dr Premalatha V
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