No-stick cookware chemical can wreck joints

If you're battling osteoarthritis, don't blame bad genes, bad joints, or bad luck.

Blame your cookware!

One of the chemicals found in no-stick pots and pans can double your risk of osteoarthritis -- but only in women, according to a new study. And that risk is highest in younger women -- women under 50 -- rather than older women, according to the study published in Environmental Health Perspectives.

The reason? Sorry, ladies -- but it's plain old laziness.

Younger women (younger everyone... but we're talking about women today) are raised on convenience. And what's more convenient than a no-stick pan? They're easier to cook with and easier to clean.

But they're also one of the most common sources of Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA).

Older women, on the other hand, don't give a hoot that no-stick pans are easier to clean -- they just know nothing tastes as good as food cooked in a well-seasoned cast iron skillet (they're also excellent for disciplining wayward husbands and handy to have around in case of intruders, but I digress).

Now, save your angry emails. I'm not being sexist here -- the study found the risk in women, not men, so take it up with the authors.

But men aren't off the hook. In men, women and children alike, PFOA exposure has been linked to cancer, sexual dysfunction, liver damage, developmental problems, and more.

If you want protect your family, then along with getting rid of no-stick pans, ditch all the common sources of PFOA -- including just about anything that's no-stick, wrinklefree, stainresistant, and waterproof.

Will life be a little harder without it? Given all that's on the line, I'd say life will be harder if you keep all those things around.