According to researchers from the United Kingdom, plastics have a chemical in them which can raise the testosterone levels in men.
The researchers also found that men with higher level of bisphenol A (BPA) in their bodies also had increased level of testosterone as compared to those men who had lower level of bisphenol A.
Experts suspect that BPA disrupts the human endocrine system. Exposure to the chemical mainly occurs through food, although dental sealants, skin exposure, and household dust also add to overall everyday exposure.
In a new study, researchers examined urine samples of as many as 715 adults between the age of 20 and 74, and it was found that the average BPA exposure per day was more than 5 µg.
The mean urinary BPA concentration was reported to be 3.59 ng/mL and daily excretion was found to be 5.63 µg. The higher excretion of the chemical was linked with male population, younger age, large waist circumference, and weight.
It was also noted that women had considerably lower BPA excretion as compared to men.
The study was conducted by researchers at the Peninsula Medical School and the University of Exeter. The results of the study have been published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.