What does the term endocrine disruptor mean?

What does the term endocrine disruptor mean?

Endocrine disruptors, sometimes also referred to as hormonally active agents, endocrine disrupting chemicals, or endocrine disrupting compounds are chemicals that can interfere with endocrine (or hormonal) systems. These disruptions can cause cancerous tumors, birth defects, and other developmental disorders.

What are the main endocrine disruptors?


Common EDCs Used In
DDT, Chlorpyrifos, Atrazine, 2, 4-D, Glyphosate Pesticides
Lead, Phthalates, Cadmium Children’s Products
Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and Dioxins Industrial Solvents or Lubricants and their Byproducts
Bisphenol A (BPA), Phthalates, Phenol Plastics and Food Storage Materials

What are endocrine disruptors and why are they an environmental concern?

Endocrine disruptors are natural or human-made chemicals that may mimic or interfere with the body’s hormones, known as the endocrine system. Hormone-like chemicals had harmful effects on the. organs and bodily functions of test animals, according to. an independent panel of scientific experts organized by.

What are endocrine disruptors quizlet?

endocrine disruptor. a (sometimes) synthetic chemical that, when absorbed into the body, either mimics or blocks hormones and disrupts the body’s normal functions (either antagonists or agonists)

What are metabolic disruptors?

Metabolism disruptors are endocrine disruptors that increase the susceptibility to metabolic diseases. • Some metabolism disruptors may cause metabolic diseases per se while others act via increasing the sensitivity or set point for disease.

Are eggs hormone disruptors?

There are seven hormones (testosterone propionate, trenbolone acetate, estradiol, zeranol, progesterone, melengestrol acetate, and bovine somatotropin) that are used in industrial food production of meat, eggs, and dairy that may wreak havoc on human estrogen levels in humans.

How can endocrine disruptors be reduced?

9 Ways to Avoid Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals

  1. Wash your hands.
  2. Dust and vacuum often.
  3. Turn up your nose at fragrances.
  4. Think twice about plastics.
  5. Say “no can do” to cans.
  6. Watch what you eat.
  7. Filter your tap water.
  8. Rethink kids’ cosmetics.

How do endocrine disruptors get into the environment?

People may be exposed to endocrine disruptors through food and beverages consumed, pesticides applied, and cosmetics used. In essence, your contact with these chemicals may occur through diet, air, skin, and water.

How do endocrine disruptors affect the environment?

In wildlife, endocrine disruptors have been clearly shown to cause abnormalities and impaired reproductive performance in some species, and to be associated with changes in immunity and behaviour and skeletal deformities.

What is an endocrine disruptor?

“An endocrine disruptor is an exogenous substance or mixture that alters function(s) of the endocrine system and consequently causes adverse health effects in an intact organism, or its progeny, or (sub)populations” ‘Community strategy for endocrine disruptors’ Mechanisms of disruption

Is the EU doing enough to deal with endocrine disruptors?

Significant progress has been achieved over the past two decades and the EU is today recognised as one of the global leaders in dealing with these chemicals. Yet, it is important to step up the EU’s efforts. The Commission remains committed to protecting EU citizens and the environment from endocrine disruptors.

What is the endocrine disruptor (Ed) assessment list?

ECHA’s endocrine disruptor (ED) assessment list includes the substances undergoing an ED assessment under REACH or the Biocidal Products Regulation that have been brought for discussion to ECHA’s ED Expert Group.

Do we still have a knowledge gap in identifying endocrine disruptors?

However, knowledge gaps still exist and reliable testing is necessary to identify endocrine disruptors. Therefore, it’s very important to continue supporting the establishment of a thorough research basis for effective policy-making.