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Phthalates: New Study Finds Common Chemicals May Lower Testosterone Levels

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  • A new study found reduced levels of circulating testosterone were associated with increased phthalate exposure in several key populations, including a 24-34 percent decline in testosterone levels in boys aged 6 to 12
  • It is believed that phthalates may have adverse hormonal effects because they reduce testosterone synthesis by interfering with an enzyme needed to produce the male hormone
  • Declines in testosterone levels among men have been noted for decades, along with a rise in related health problems such as reduced semen quality and genital deformities in newborn boys
  • During fetal development, low testosterone can lead to incomplete formation of the sex organs, and during puberty it may permanently affect growth and development; in adults, low testosterone may lead to decreased sex drive, depression, weight gain, and more
  • You can minimize your phthalates exposure by choosing natural personal care products and avoiding the use of PVC plastics; adults can also optimize their testosterone levels naturally by following a healthy lifestyle

By Dr. Mercola

Many common household chemicals are known to act as endocrine disruptors, a number of which are found in plastic products. These chemicals are similar in structure to natural sex hormones, thereby interfering with their normal functions.

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