"Chronic diseases related to the endocrine system have become more common and are on the rise and we can show that there is a connection between these diseases and hormone-disturbing chemicals," Åke Bergman, a professor at Stockholm University, tells news agency TT.
Bergman says that authorities should regulate at least 1,000 chemicals to start with. Hormone-disturbing chemicals like bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalates are found in many common plastic products.
Endocrine related diseases include breast, testicular, thyroid, and prostate cancer, as well as obesity/diabetes, low sperm counts and fertility problems.
Bergman says the increased incidence of these chronic diseases cannot be explained by genetics alone.