Last updated on Jun 23rd, 2021 at 12:25 pm

Chemicals in cosmetics

Emerging evidence ties endocrine-disrupting chemical exposure to diabetes and obesity, according to the Endocrine Society. And now there is mounting evidence which indicates that EDC exposure is also connected to infertility, hormone-related cancers, neurological issues and other disorders.

Known EDCs include bisphenol A (BPA) found in food can linings and cash register receipts, phthalates found in plastics and cosmetics, flame retardants and pesticides. The chemicals are so common that nearly every person on Earth has been exposed to one or more.

How do endocrine-disrupting chemicals (ECDs) affect us?

These commonly found chemicals mimic, block or otherwise interfere with the body’s natural hormones. By hijacking the body’s chemical messengers, EDCs can alter the way cells develop and grow.

The threat is particularly great when unborn children are exposed to EDCs. Animal studies found that exposure to even tiny amounts of EDCs during the prenatal period can trigger obesity later in life. Similarly, animal studies found that some EDCs directly target beta and alpha cells in the pancreas, fat cells and liver cells. This can lead to insulin resistance and an overabundance of the hormone insulin in the body – risk factors for type-2 diabetes.

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The chemicals are so common that nearly every person on Earth has been exposed to one or more.

“The evidence is more definitive than ever before – EDCs disrupt hormones in a manner that harms human health,” said Andrea C. Gore, Professor and Vacek Chair of Pharmacology at the University of Texas. “Hundreds of studies point to the same conclusion, whether they are long-term epidemiological studies in human, basic research in animals and cells, or research into groups of people with known occupational exposure to specific chemicals.”

The Endocrine Society also examined the link between EDCs and reproductive health problems, hormone-related cancers such as breast and ovarian cancer, prostate conditions, thyroid disorders and neurodevelopmental issues. Although many of these conditions were linked to EDCs by earlier research, the number of corroborating studies continues to mount.

“It is clear we need to take action to minimise further exposure,” Gore said. “With more chemicals being introduced into the marketplace all the time, better safety testing is needed to identify new EDCs and ensure they are kept out of household goods.”

Source: The Endocrine Society via Sciencedaily.com

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