Difficulties in the immune response to respond to COVID-19 infection appear to be caused by some substances found in consumer products that are also associated with the development of metabolic syndrome.
The finding comes from a study by the European Commission carried out at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, under the supervision of Aristotle Professor of Environmental and Sanitary Engineering and the Institute of Advanced Studies of Pavia Demosthenes Sarigiannis, while the Institute of Europe is coordinated by the French Institute. The study started in 2019 and takes place in Greece, France, Italy, Spain, Czech Republic, Poland and Germany, and is expected to be completed in 2024. As Professor Sarigiannis explains in the FM Agency and in the show of Tania H. Mantouvalos "104,9 SECRETS HEALTH ", these substances are called hormonal disruptors and are used as plasticizers (ie they give the plastic properties to the products we use). "We can find them in the inner lining of a can, in plastic baby bottles, in polycarbonate bottles used by cyclists to drink water, in cooking utensils such as non-stick pans, but also in water. This is because the substances are in products that we throw away, they enter the coke sewage. And if one does not pay attention, these substances, unfortunately we also find them in drinking water ".
How it causes a malfunction in the hormonal system
But what is the mechanism by which these substances work? According to the professor, hormonal disruptors are substances that look like human hormones and what they do mainly is that they disturb the hormonal balance, because the human brain recognizes the molecule of the substance that looks like its hormone, realizes that it has such substances in its body. and instructs the pituitary gland not to produce the right human hormones. "In this way, a malfunction is created in our hormonal system, which according to large international studies can cause multiple health problems and one of the ones we focus on in our study is the metabolic syndrome, which is known to be associated with obesity. type 2 diabetes cardiovascular, or even neurological problems. We study the biological mechanisms by which the dysfunction of the hormonal system is caused. "Because if we know the mechanism, we can enter the process to reverse this course and protect the human population." And the question that reasonably arises is whether a large portion of consumer products should be withdrawn from the market and whether the replacement of these products is possible without financial losses. The chemical industry is obviously trying to find substitutes, Mr. Sarigiannis answers, and at the same time points out that there is another mechanism that essentially inactivates the substance, when for example it will go to a waste in the environment. And so one can cleverly prevent its toxic action.
We are moving pan-European in creating chemicals that are safe from their design
"I also think it is now possible to replace these substances, without economic losses, as we are moving in a pan-European direction, to create chemicals and materials that are safe and sustainable by design." In the post-covid era that I hope will come soon we will have to significantly reform the growth model, with a model that emphasizes public health, but also individual health based on the products we make, the medicines we use, etc., the diet that we do, because these are the ones that manage to shield us or not against threats, such as the pandemic we live in, the professor concludes.