Speculative Diversion: Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs)

Summary

Data presented at the 2015 annual meeting of the Endocrinology Society suggests that common chemicals which disrupt human hormones (endocrine disruptors) cost Europe more than €150 billion ($165.4 billion; £108.5 billion) per year in damage to human health.

The main economic impact appears to arise from pesticides (€120 billion; $132.3 billion; £86.8 billion), followed by the chemicals in plastics (€26 billion; $28.7 billion; £18.8 billion) and flame retardants (€9 billion; $9.9 billion; £6.5 billion).

The neurological impacts of endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs), including reduced intelligence, are estimated to cost €132 billion (£145.6 billion; £95.5 billion) per year.

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Gallagher, J. (2015). Hormone-disrupting chemicals ‘cost billions’. London: BBC Health News, March 6th 2015.

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Bellanger, M. Demeneix, B. [and] Grandjean, P. (2015). Neurobehavioral deficits, diseases and associated costs of exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals in the European Union. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. March 5th 2015, [Epub ahead of print]. (Click here to view the PubMed abstract).

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Trasande, L. Zoeller, RT. [and] Hass, U. [et al] (2015). Estimating burden and disease costs of exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals in the European Union. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. March 5th 2015, [Epub ahead of print]. (Click here to view the PubMed abstract).

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Hauser, R. Skakkebaek, NE. [and] Hass, U. [et al] (2015). Male reproductive disorders, diseases, and costs of exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals in the European Union. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. March 5th 2015, [Epub ahead of print]. (Click here to view the PubMed abstract).

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Legler, J. Fletcher, T. [and] Govarts, E. [et al] (2015). Obesity, diabetes, and associated costs of exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals in the European Union. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. March 5th 2015, [Epub ahead of print]. (Click here to view the PubMed abstract).

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