Endocrine disruptive chemicals

Fossil fuel, derived chemicals, known as petrol chemicals interfere with the function of the endocrine system. 

Such endocrine disrupting chemicals are present in every day products, and industrial products which include: plastics, building materials, toys, fabrics, dyes, detergents, cosmetics, and pesticides. 

Exposures to petrochemicals is linked to multiple adverse health processes, including cancer, neurodevelopmental harm, and infertility.

Fossil fuel consumption and petro chemical production are more than 15 times higher than they were in the 1950s.

Between 1990 and 2019 increases in the rates of neurodevelopmental disorders, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease and cancer range from 28 to 158%: It is concluded that the exposure to chemicals and pollution, including endocrine disruptors are  an important risk factor for multiple diseases and health inequities and probably contributes to these increases.

Endocrine disrupting chemicals increase health risks, including cancer, neural development, and infertility.

The health effects of fossil fuel derived endocrine disruptors are increased risk with exposures during fetal and child development and exposures that occur with low exposure levels.

Endocrine disrupting chemical exposures are higher in communities of color and low income communities and contribute to health inequalities.

Endocrine disruptive chemicals (EDCs)is an exogenous chemical(s) that interferes with any aspect of hormonal action.

EDC’s can disrupt hormonal activity: interfere with hormone receptors, change hormone synthesis, distribution, circulation, metabolism, epigenetic changes, altering hormone receptor expression, or transport across cell membranes.

Disruption of hormonal activity can creates downstream health conditions, including impaired ovarian development, decreased sperm quality, metabolic abnormalities of obesity and diabetes, hormone sensitive cancers – breast, prostate, and testicular cancers, and neural developmental harms with decrements in IQ and increased attention deficit, hyperactivity disorders.

No risk free level of exposure to EDCs exists.                

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