There have always been unconfirmed myths about the effects of plastic bottles – not just on the environment, but on our health too. The Daily Mail reports that a new study released by scientists on Tuesday has confirmed plastic bottles contain hormone-disrupting chemicals that can cause cancer, diabetes, ADHD and autism.
Plastic bottles contain hormone-disrupting chemicals that can cause cancer, diabetes, ADHD and autism, scientists confirmed in a report on Tuesday.
Endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) interfere with the body’s hormonal system, affecting development and leaving the body open to a staggering range of diseases.
But they are found in thousands of everyday products, ranging from plastic and metal food containers, to detergents, flame retardants, toys and cosmetics.
The invisible but dangerous chemicals boosted obesity, diabetes, some cancers, male infertility and a painful condition known as endometriosis, the abnormal growth of tissue outside the uterus.
The landmark new study by NYU Langone reveals the economic impact of the chemicals leaves a huge, two per cent dent in the US’ gross domestic product (GDP) each year.
“Our research adds to the growing evidence on the tremendous economic as well as human health costs of endocrine-disrupting chemicals,” said lead investigator Leonardo Trasande, an associate professor at NYU Langone in New York City.
A similar study last year estimated that the chemicals cost the EU health systems $271 billion.
The study was published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, a medical journal that specialises in studies and reports focusing on diabetes and endocrinology.