Plastic Bottles Can Ruin Your Sperm

PlasticBottlesFor all you macho men who couldn’t give a crap about your carbon footprint, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, and other problems associated with bottled water, maybe this will help you get off the bottle: BPAs, one of the toxins in plastic bottled water, can seriously lower your sperm count. Oh, and also BPAs can cause erectile dysfunction. Still want to drink from plastic bottles? From CNN:

Exposure to bisphenol-A (BPA), a controversial chemical found in hard, clear plastics, is thought to increase the risk of birth defects, early puberty, obesity, brain damage, and some forms of cancer.

Add another potential problem to the list: A new study of Chinese factory workers suggests that very high levels of BPA exposure may decrease sperm count and contribute to other sperm-related problems in men.

The findings aren’t surprising. BPA—which can be found in some baby bottles and water bottles, as well the linings of food and beverage cans—is known to be a so-called endocrine disruptor that functions “like a weak estrogen” and blocks male sex hormones (including testosterone), says the lead author of the study, De-Kun Li, M.D., a reproductive and perinatal epidemiologist at Kaiser Permanente’s division of research, in Oakland, California.

But the study is notable because it’s one of the first in humans to link BPA with reproductive problems. Until very recently, most of the evidence implicating BPA in health problems has come from animal or laboratory studies. (BPA has been associated with reduced sperm count in mice and rats, for instance.)

“Human studies have been the missing link,” Li says.

In the new study, which appears in the journal Fertility and Sterility, Li and his colleagues collected urine and semen samples from 218 factory workers, some of whom worked in facilities that make BPA or epoxy resin and were therefore regularly exposed to very high levels of the chemical.

Compared with men whose urine was BPA-free, those who had detectable levels of BPA were four times more likely to have a below-average sperm count, three times more likely to have fewer “live” sperm than average, and two times more likely to have below-average sperm quality (motility).

In previous studies conducted in the same population, Li’s team found a similar association between BPA exposure and erectile dysfunction, among other sexual problems…

[continues at CNN]

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  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Finally…something that can keep the chinese population in check without offending the morals and sensibilities of Christians everywhere! See…there’s a bright side to every dark cloud :-)

    • Tchoutoye

      What makes you think only the Chinese population will be affected?

      • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

        Actually…the above statement is pure sarcastic fiction. BPA is unquestionably dangerous and should be universally banned from products…the sooner the better. Other parts of the world react to data on BPA relatively quickly…and the Chinese have a sense of pride and a national health care system…so like most other places they’ll probably outlaw the stuff long before the US finally admits that it might even be toxic.

        As for the Chinese exhibiting more symptomology earlier than the US…its because they’re dealing with people exposed to large quantities during manufacturing processes…the US is largely dealing with trace exposure from consuming products. It isn’t a surprise that the effects are more visible in Chinese factory workers…its just basic math.

    • dennycrane

      If you like giving our water away while the rich eats bon-bons by their swimming pools, waiting for their dividend checks to arrive, while the 99er’s get their unemployment checks cut off.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Finally…something that can keep the chinese population in check without offending the morals and sensibilities of Christians everywhere! See…there’s a bright side to every dark cloud :-)

  • Anonymous

    What makes you think only the Chinese population will be affected?

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Actually…the above statement is pure sarcastic fiction. BPA is unquestionably dangerous and should be universally banned from products…the sooner the better. Other parts of the world react to data on BPA relatively quickly…and the Chinese have a sense of pride and a national health care system…so like most other places they’ll probably outlaw the stuff long before the US finally admits that it might even be toxic.

    As for the Chinese exhibiting more symptomology earlier than the US…its because they’re dealing with people exposed to large quantities during manufacturing processes…the US is largely dealing with trace exposure from consuming products. It isn’t a surprise that the effects are more visible in Chinese factory workers…its just basic math.

  • Haystack

    “For all you macho men who couldn’t give a crap about your carbon footprint, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, and other problems associated with bottled water, maybe this will help you get off the bottle”

    Macho men don’t drink bottled water.

  • Haystack

    “For all you macho men who couldn’t give a crap about your carbon footprint, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, and other problems associated with bottled water, maybe this will help you get off the bottle”

    Macho men don’t drink bottled water.

  • Anonymous

    Pay backs are hell. If we say anything, they will dump our treasury bonds. If we raise import taxes on their cheap crap that ends up in our land fills, they will dump our treasury bonds. And, the big one: The tax cuts for the rich will continue, which means we have to borrow money from them in order to give the rich their money. So, we pave the way for them to take our water. Hey, Kevin Costner, your movie, “Water World”, wasn’t that bad.

  • dennycrane

    Pay backs are hell. If we say anything, they will dump our treasury bonds. If we raise import taxes on their cheap crap that ends up in our land fills, they will dump our treasury bonds. And, the big one: The tax cuts for the rich will continue, which means we have to borrow money from them in order to give the rich their money. So, we pave the way for them to take our water. Hey, Kevin Costner, your movie, “Water World”, wasn’t that bad.

  • Anonymous

    If you like giving our water away while the rich eats bon-bons by their swimming pools, waiting for their dividend checks to arrive, while the 99er’s get their unemployment checks cut off.