Microplastics Found in What Body Part?!

(TheRedAlertNews.com) – In a highly concerning discovery, microplastics have been detected within human testicular tissue, and researchers suggest this phenomenon may correlate with the observed decline in male sperm counts.

A study encompassed the examination of 23 human testicles and 47 from domestic dogs, revealing microplastic contamination in all specimens, The Guardian reports.

The preserved nature of the human samples precluded sperm count assessment, unlike the dog samples which demonstrated lower sperm counts correlating with higher levels of PVC contamination.

This study indicates a possible association, yet further investigation is necessary to establish a definitive causal relationship between microplastic presence and reduced sperm viability.

Over recent decades, a downward trend in male sperm counts has been observed, with several studies implicating chemical pollutants such as pesticides.

Microplastics have been identified not only in human testicles but also in blood, placentas, and breast milk, signaling pervasive contamination throughout human bodies.

Although the specific health implications remain uncertain, laboratory studies have confirmed that microplastics inflict damage on human cells.

The environmental accumulation of plastic waste is extensive, with microplastics contaminating ecosystems globally—from the peaks of Mount Everest to the depths of the oceans.

Humans ingest these minuscule particles through food, water, and by inhaling them.

Similar to airborne pollution particles, microplastics may embed within tissues, potentially causing inflammation or releasing harmful chemicals.

In March, medical professionals highlighted the severe health risks, including heightened risks of stroke, heart attacks, and premature mortality, associated with microplastic contamination in blood vessels.

Professor Xiaozhong Yu from the University of New Mexico expressed initial skepticism about microplastics penetrating the reproductive system.

“At the beginning, I doubted whether microplastics could penetrate the reproductive system,” he stated.

The results from dog samples first surprised him, and the findings in human samples were even more startling.

The testicular samples analyzed were sourced from autopsies conducted in 2016, involving males aged between 16 and 88 years at the time of death.

“The impact on the younger generation might be more concerning” now with heightened plastic presence in the environment, Yu remarked.

This research was published in Toxicological Sciences and involved a method where tissue samples were dissolved to isolate and analyze the residual plastics.

The concentration of plastics in human testicular tissue was significantly higher than in dogs, with human samples showing 330 micrograms of microplastics per gram of tissue, compared to 123 micrograms in canines.

Polyethylene, commonly used in bags and bottles, was the predominant type of microplastic found, followed by PVC.

“PVC can release a lot of chemicals that interfere with spermatogenesis and it contains chemicals that cause endocrine disruption,” Yu explained.

Additionally, a smaller 2023 study in China detected microplastics in six human testicles and 30 semen samples, further supporting findings from mouse studies that microplastics may diminish sperm count and induce abnormalities and hormonal disturbances.

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