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September 30, 2015

U.S. News & World Report Article Highlights “Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals”

An article entitled “From DDT to BPA: How Do Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals Affect Our Health?” has been published by U.S. News & World Report.

The article, by Betul Hatipoglu, M.D., a staff member in the Department of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at Cleveland Clinic’s main campus, begins by observing that “[e]ndocrine-disrupting chemicals [“EDCs”] . . . are found everywhere on our planet, exposing many living things, including people, to possible harm.” She states that EDCs include a “wide variety of chemicals, such as pesticides, environmental pollutants and compounds or components used in the plastics industry and in consumer products.”

The author says that she finds the “possible link between EDCs, metabolism and diabetes” to be “fascinating” and wonders if EDCs can “be linked to the global diabetes epidemic.”

The author also states that “animal studies have shown that” EDCs’ “long-term effect can be seen through many generations, such as with certain pesticides like DDT, or dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane, environmental pollutants called dioxins and heavy metals.”

According to the author, the “evidence,” however, should be considered “with caution.” She acknowledges that the research “has its limitations” and points out that “an association between EDC exposure and diabetes does not necessarily establish exposure to the chemicals causes the disease.”

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