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Endocrine Disruptors: Toxic chemicals hiding in common household items

D Tejaswi

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Toxic chemicals can disrupt hormonal balance. These trick our body, barge into our endocrine system to contribute to obesity, diabetes, certain cancers and fertility disorders. What can you do? Try and limit your exposure. Read on to know more.

Chemicals aren’t inherently bad! But, they aren’t completely safe either. Certain chemicals, especially characterized as endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDC) can dangerously play with our health–resulting in a range of development, metabolism and reproductive issues. “EDCs interfere with the working of hormonal systems. It can cause cancerous tumours, birth defects, developmental disorders, reproductive problems, immunity and brain-related problems,” says Dr S K Wangnoo, Endocrinologist, Apollo Hospitals, New Delhi. The journal Lancet points out that there are particularly strong influences of EDC on obesity, thyroid, glucose tolerance functions, gestational diabetes, birth weight, semen quality, polycystic ovarian syndrome, endometriosis, and breast cancer.

Endocrine disruptors are found in everyday products we use. “They can be found in plastic bottles and containers, metal food cans, e-cigarettes, detergents, plastic toys, flame retardants, cosmetics, pesticides,” explains the doctor.

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