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 peopleâ€™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.
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, â€œEDC 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 yearâ€¦These estimates represent only those EDCs with the highest probability of causationâ€
University of Edinburghâ€™s Richard Sharpe while talking about the findings says, â€œMost of the content of these publications is interpretation and informed speculation, and none of us should lose sight of thisâ€. EDCs include diethylstilbestrol (DES), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), dioxins, perfluoroalkylcompounds, solvents, phthalates, bisphenol A (BPA), organophosphate and organochlorine pesticides, and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE).