gallery Levels of Hormone Disrupting Chemicals in Children

Study Conducted by The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center® At HackensackUMC Finds Levels of Hormone Disrupting Chemicals in Children

HACKENSACK, N.J., Feb. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — A recent study conducted by The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center® at Hackensack University Medical Center revealed detectable levels of various environmental chemicals in children. In a study of 50 healthy, prepubescent patients, 100 percent of subjects had detectable levels of at least five endocrine disrupting environmental chemicals in their urine. Almost three-quarters of these children had detectable levels of eight or more chemicals. The study was published in BMC Endocrine Disorders December 2015 edition.

Endocrine disrupting chemicals like bisphenol-A (BPA), phthalates, parabens, 4-nonylphenol (4NP), and triclosan (TCS) pervade our lives. They are present in plastic products such as baby bottles and food containers; in antibacterial hand soaps, toothpaste, and household cleaning supplies; and in personal care products and cosmetics.  Previous research has linked these chemicals to changes in estrogen metabolism associated with pediatric endocrine disorders and estrogen-dependent cancers.

“Science continues to confirm these chemicals are everywhere,” said Deirdre Imus, president and founder of The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center®. “Now we know they are also inside our children’s bodies.  “What we need to focus on is how we can reduce these exposures so that we can protect our children’s health.”

In the United States, cancer is the leading cause of disease-related death among children and adults. Cancer in children has steadily increased since 1975, specifically testicular and ovarian germ cell tumors. Additionally, studies have concluded the incidence of precocious puberty is increasing, especially in girls. Both of these developments have been linked to environmental factors, including exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals.

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