The link between the state of the environment and women’s health is finally getting the attention it deserves, and there’s no better day to talk about this than Earth Day. A terrific new Women’s Health and the Environment Tool Kit helps explain the connections.
Breast Cancer – Industrial chemicals that act like the hormones estrogen and progesterone may be adding to a woman’s breast cancer risk.
Heart Disease – Air pollution, exposure to arsenic, lead and mercury, and of course cigarette smoking and second-hand smoke make us more susceptible to heart disease.
Endometriosis – Endometriosis affects 1 out of 10 women in the U.S. Some contaminants that may increase our risk for this condition include dioxins, polychlorinated biphenyls (pcbs) and radiation.
Diabetes – A recent study showed that chronic exposure to Bisphenol A, a chemical found in some plastics and food can linings, causes insulin resistance in laboratory animals, leading to Type II diabetes. Other studies showed that exposure to organochlorines (which may be found in pesticides) may also lead to diabetes.
To download the entire kit, as well as some great tips for action at home and in your community, visit the Women’s Health and Environment website.