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Hormone disrupting chemicals make people infertile, cause 157 billion euro loss annually

Hormone disrupting chemicals make people infertile, cause 157 billion euro loss annually

Hormone disrupting chemicals make people infertile, cause 157 billion euro loss annually

This is the first time that some sort of correlation has been established between endocrine disrupting chemicals and IQ loss and autism.

A latest report claims that people’s exposure to hormone disrupting chemicals may end up taking a toll on the European Union economy. The study says that this may cost as much as 157 billion euros a year in health care and lost productivity.

The study that has been published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism says there is direct link between endocrine disrupting chemicals and IQ loss, autism, attention hyperactivity disorder, obesity, testicular cancer besides of course male infertility.

hospital hammersmith-hospital-The study claims that there are hundreds of EDCs present in almost everything including all sorts of food products, textiles, hygiene products, toys, cosmetics and plastic bottles.

Some of these substances are already banned in EU countries, such as in Scandinavia, but are used in others.

The study released in Brussels said the median cost in health care and lost productivity amounted to 157 billion euros a year, or 1.23 percent of EU Gross Domestic Product.

While talking in details about the findings, the study says, “EDC exposures in the EU are likely to contribute substantially to a wide array of disease and dysfunction across the life course with costs in the hundreds of billions per year…These estimates represent only those EDCs with the highest probability of causation”

University of Edinburgh’s Richard Sharpe while talking about the findings says, “Most of the content of these publications is interpretation and informed speculation, and none of us should lose sight of this”. EDCs include diethylstilbestrol (DES), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), dioxins, perfluoroalkylcompounds, solvents, phthalates, bisphenol A (BPA), organophosphate and organochlorine pesticides, and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE).

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