How to keep a boy healthy
What threatens men's health are dangers to be aware of.
Perhaps the bad ecology, the harmful substances contained in the air we breathe, in the walls of the houses where we live, in the foods we eat, are to blame. But if we are not able to radically affect the environment, then it is quite possible to take some measures to protect the health of our family, especially children.
You have probably heard about the dangers of chemicals that are used in the manufacture of plastic for packaging goods, household chemicals, cosmetics and other items that we use daily. But what exactly are these chemical compounds dangerous for? For the first time, Anastasia, a 32-year-old resident of Yekaterinburg, thought about this after the birth of her second child: “My husband and I went to the store to pick up bottles and nipples, and on some of them I saw an icon with the inscription: "Does not contain BPA." When our daughter was born five years ago, nothing like that was written on the packaging. I started reading online about the mysterious BPA. It turned out that this chemical substance - bisphenol A, contained in plastic, which many scientists consider the cause of dangerous diseases. I decided to consult with doctors, and in about half the cases I was advised not to worry and find myself other reasons for reflection. There were also ardent opponents of chemistry who claimed that in the near future bisphenols would destroy humanity. ”
Then Anastasia and her husband developed their own family safety rules. Whenever possible, they try to avoid buying products packaged in plastic containers and never heat food in plastic. They minimized the use of canned goods, used household chemicals and perfume-free cosmetics, and completely abandoned chemicals that help fight pests and insects. “Now we protect ourselves from moths with the help of dried orange peels, and from mosquitoes with clove oil,” says our heroine.
A similar story happened with Irina from Moscow. She read on the Internet about the dangers of bisphenol A, which is most commonly used in the production of plastic bottles and packaging, as well as cans. “I don’t know how justified it was, but I threw away all the old plastic containers that we had been using for several years and spent almost three thousand rubles on new ones with the“ BPA free ”badge. I thought: no matter how true the information on the Internet is, health is more expensive. ”
More and more scientists are talking about the harmful health effects of a number of chemical compounds, including BPA. Moreover, children are most affected by this effect, since their brain and body are still forming and are therefore most susceptible to active substances. In recent years, in most developed countries, many studies have been conducted to find out what is the effect of chemical compounds on the health of children, especially boys. A number of scientists came to this conclusion: a harmful effect on the development of the child can occur already in the womb. There is an opinion that bisphenols A should be considered the cause of deviations in the development of the reproductive system of boys - the urethra, as well as the testicles, which is why the man subsequently the level of seminal fluid decreases and even malignant formations occur. And although similar research results have not yet received the final confirmation of doctors, the data from around the world are equally disappointing: in recent years, the quality of seminal fluid in men of reproductive age has been steadily declining. In addition, a number of scientists claim that about 20% of young people of reproductive age fall into the category of infertility. This is several times more than it was 50 years ago. A lot of evidence is in favor of the hypothesis that it is chemicals, such as bisphenols A, as well as pesticides, undermine men's health. That is why we decided to talk in detail about how to protect our sons from negative influence.
Most cells in the human body have special receptors that are designed to respond to certain hormones. When the desired hormone is produced, the cell reacts to it in a strictly defined way. For example, estrogen sends a signal to cells about the formation of female genital organs, the onset of puberty, and regulation of the menstrual cycle. Androgens, on the contrary, are responsible for the formation of the male reproductive system, sperm
The question remains open
Many of these chemicals are found in the blood of adults, children, and even newborn babies. True, scientists say: if a substance is present in the blood of a person, this does not mean that it is harmful to health. However, there are cases when seemingly useful compounds led to completely unexpected consequences. So, in the second half of the twentieth century (in the 50–70s), artificial estrogen was widely used, which was prescribed to women as a prophylaxis for abortion. But, as statistics showed, subsequently, a surge in deviations in the development of the sexual sphere in children born during this period was associated with this, including infertility. That is, doctors may well assume what effect chemical and hormonal substances can have on the human reproductive system. It has been proven that chemical compounds similar to estrogen are harmful to animals. However, there is still no scientific evidence that such substances have the same effect on the human body. Mainly, because in no country in the world is it allowed to conduct experiments giving similar drugs to healthy women. That is why doctors have to establish indirect links between the presence in the body of certain chemicals and the state of health. Even doctors who treat disorders of the reproductive system of boys (and the same BPAs are increasingly blaming these disorders) cannot categorically state the reason for the deviations. What became the main reason - heredity, environment or other factors that are still unknown? With 100% certainty, not a single doctor can answer this question.
Manufacturers usually argue that in the manufacture of household goods, if aggressive chemical compounds are used, then in negligible quantities. However, in reality, we often come into contact with bisphenols A. We wake up, brush our teeth with paste, use deodorants and air fresheners, wash our hands with antibacterial soap, apply mascara to our eyelashes, open a can of canned beans for lunch, or microwave the soup in a plastic container. . It turns out that even small doses of BPA, obtained from different sources, are mixed in our body into a strange cocktail. And no one can yet predict exactly how this will affect our health in a few years.
But, although there is still no official data, most scientists agree on one thing: if there is an opportunity to reduce the amount of BPA that you consume every day - reduce it. This is especially important for children, pregnant women and nursing mothers. Pay attention to what and how you eat, what you use every day. The less chemistry in your life, the better. Caution never hurts.
TO PARENTS OF BOYS: ALARMING SYMPTOMS
• Lag in growth of peers. In this case, it is necessary to conduct a survey on the correspondence of bone age to biological. Bone age may be 1.5–2 years ahead or behind, but if this gap is already 3 years, then this is a warning sign when an in-depth study of the endocrine system is required. • Obesity in a boy can also contribute to developmental pathologies in the hormonal sphere. • Cryptorchidism - congenital endocrine abnormality, in which one or both testicles do not fall on time into the scrotum, but remain in the abdominal cavity. • Underdevelopment of the genitals. It is noted if, for example, a boy at the age of 13 begins to have hair growth (axillary and in the pubic area), and the size of the genitals is still for children, the child is taken under the supervision of endocrinologists. men, this may be a sign of the development of a brain tumor. In any case, the endocrinologist needs to be shown, even if there are no painful manifestations, at least once a year.
USEFUL TIPS: HOW TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF BPA1 Do not microwave food and drink in plastic containers and film: chemicals get into the food during heating. 2 Use bottles and nipples that indicate “BPA free” on the packaging. The largest American and European manufacturers refused to use these compounds back in 2009.3 Less often, buy products packed in plastic or containers made from recycled plastic. 4 Do not use insect control chemicals, do not spray indoor and garden plants with pesticides. 5 For purification of drinking water use stationary filters that cut into water-conducting pipes. Pitcher filters may not be enough to purify water from chemicals. 6 Choose toothpastes, gels, and deodorants without triclosan. This substance is believed to promote bacterial mutations that become resistant even to antibiotics. 7 Avoid pungent household chemicals. It’s best to choose fragrance-free products.
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