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Inflammation, Hormones, and Health: Navigating the Complex Connection

Systemic inflammation, often called chronic low-grade inflammation, can persist for long periods without apparent symptoms making it difficult to identify and manage. Common signs of inflammation, such as fatigue, gastrointestinal disorders, skin changes, and cognitive issues, may often be mistaken for other conditions leaving many patients without a precise diagnosis and appropriate treatment.

Chronic systemic inflammation contributes to the vast majority of chronic health conditions, including autoimmune diseases, type 2 diabetes, hormone imbalances, and other serious health issues. As awareness of its role in disease pathogenesis grows, an expanding body of research furthers our understanding of the numerous and intricate connections between inflammation and aspects of health.

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Endocrine Disruptors and Where to Find Them

There are approximately 85,000 man-made chemicals in the world, many of which the general population comes into contact with on a daily basis. However, only about 1% of these compounds have been evaluated for safety despite having a high potential of being noxious to human health.

Mounting evidence points to the harmful nature of a specific and prevalent group of chemicals – endocrine-disrupting chemicals, also known as EDCs. These compounds interfere with the functioning of the endocrine system and have been linked to adverse health effects, including congenital disabilities, tumors, reproductive issues, obesity, and more. Research cited by the Endocrine Society notes that the effects of certain endocrine disruptors can even carry across generations, signaling the need for increased public awareness and cautionary measures to prevent exposure.

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