Chemicals In Non-Stick Cooking Pans Shrinking Men's Genitals
A study from the University of Padua in Italy has found that men who ate food cooked on non-stick pans are at risk of having shorter manhoods.
The same also applies to men whose mother's were exposed to those same chemicals while they were in utero.
Researchers made the discovery after measuring the manhood of more than 380 men.
The study found that the penises of men who were exposed to who were exposed to high levels of PFCs were around 12.5 percent shorter and 6.3 percent thinner than the average man.
The chemicals the study is talking about are called PCFs.
PCFs are officially called the very easy to pronounce perfluoroalkyl compounds and are used in a number of everyday products such as non-stick pans, fast-food packaging, paper plates, stain-resistant carpets, windshield washing fluid, fire-fighting foam and waterproof clothing.
They can also be found in some glues, cosmetics, medicines, electronics, cleaning products, polishes and waxes, insecticides and paints.
How Do They Get Into Our Body?
Well, it's simple really: Humans end up ingesting the chemical -- whether it's from food or water that's had some form of interaction with the chemicals -- and then that chemical enters the bloodstream.
The researchers found that the chemicals bind to testosterone receptors in the body and reduce levels of the male sex hormone.
To carry out the study, Dr Di Niso and his team measured the penises of 212 men who grew up in an area with high exposure to PFCs. They then measured the penises of 171 men who grew up away from the area.
As it turns out, the men from the area with high levels of PCF had an average flaccid penis length of 8.75cm, while the men from the area which didn't have high levels of the chemical had an average flaccid penis length of 10cm.
'An Entire Generation'
According to Dr Andrea Di Nisio this is an issue that dates back to the 1970s.
"As the first report on water contamination of PFCs goes back to 1977, the magnitude of the problem is alarming," he said. "It affects an entire generation of young individuals, from 1978 onwards."
"This study documents that PFCs have a substantial impact on human male health as they directly interfere with hormonal pathways potentially leading to male infertility"
PFCs was regularly used in Teflon coating on non-stick frying pans but ended up being phased out in 2013 and replaced with a less controversial chemical.
But despite some big name companies working to phase out the use of the chemical, the Environmental Protection Agency claims it's still regularly being used around the world.
According to Dr Di Nisio we're fighting somewhat of a losing battle: "At least here in Italy, it is very difficult to know if a product contains these chemicals. Therefore it is very hard to avoid any contact with any PFC."
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