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Environmental Toxins and Men’s Health 

Environmental Toxins and Men’s Health
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Environmental Toxins and Men’s Health
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Alexandra Muñoz

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199843794.003.0019
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date: 16 October 2017

Environmental toxins can impact many aspect of men’s health from prostate cancer to fertility to aging. Endocrine disruptors affect the prostate and testosterone activity and can come from plastics (Bisphenol A and phthalates) and pesticides. Such toxins can impact tumor formation and progression and have especially strong effect on sperm health. Other toxins such as Trichlorethylene, air pollutants, smoking and lead have been shown to impact cancer risk and/or sperm production. Ways to minimize exposure include eating an organic diet, using safe personal care products, drinking clean water and minimizing use of plastics. Micronutrient intake can affect the level of risk associated with various exposures to toxins.

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