About the book
Endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) represent a heterogeneous group of exogenous chemicals that interfere with the action of hormones. Their number has markedly increased over the past 60 years. Humans are constantly exposed to thousands of EDCs through air, water, and food. Because of differences in regulations, exposure to EDCs varies between the USA and Europe. EDCs may be significant components of the environmental origin of several medical conditions. They represent a global threat for human health and cause a high cost for the society. Exposure to EDCs (in utero or lifetime) can contribute to a variety of dysfunctions and diseases including altered adaptations to stress, obesity, and diabetes. The developing fetus and neonate are more sensitive than adults to perturbation by EDCs. The prenatal damage can have adverse consequences later in life (developmental origins of adult disease). Information on long-term effects of chronic, low-dose exposure to EDCs is limited. Promoting public knowledge and initiating preventive measures will help to minimize the health consequences of EDCs for future generations.
This book intends to provide the reader with a comprehensive overview of the current knowledge about EDCs including their health consequences in humans.