Women young and old have significant levels of PCB, DDT, Organochlorine pesticides, phthalates and flame retardants (PBDE ) circulating around in their blood. Since most of these toxins are fat-soluble, they fit nicely inside fat cells (adipocytes). The more body fat a woman has, the more toxins she carries, according to recent research.
Female reproduce problems are on the list of growing heath problems linked to increased body burden of persistent organic pollutants (POPs), mentioned above.
PLoSONE Biology published an analysis of some 31,000 women revealed a strong correlation between increased blood level of toxins and early menopause.
women with the highest EDC levels had ages of menopause 1.9 to 3.8 years earlier than those without.
Of the 111 toxins assessed, high blood levels of common pesticides, PCBs, furan and phthalates showed the strongest correlation with early menopause.
Tips to minimize exposure to persistent organic pollutants (POPs):
1) Since endocrine disrupting compound bioaccumulate in fat tissue, do everything you can to stay lean and keep the fat off.
2) Shellfish are particularly high in POPs, avoid clams and mussels.
3) POPs biomagnify in the food chain, eat free-range and wild animal products that have shorter life spans.
4) Purchase higher-quality furniture, free of PBDE flame retardants if possible. Lower
5) Eat organic food and drink organic wine
6) Filter your water
7) Clean the dust in your home. Dust contains high levels of persistent organic pollutants (POPs).
Grindler NM, Allsworth JE, Macones GA, Kannan K, Roehl KA, et al. (2015) Persistent Organic Pollutants and Early Menopause in U.S. Women. PLoS ONE 10(1): e0116057. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0116057