The chemical that could give you man boobs

February 12, 2013, 11:16 ammenshealth

Hint: it's probably in your pantry right now . . .


By Leah Zerbe

Can BPA give you man boobs? According to a new report in the journal Reproductive Toxicology, early exposures to the chemical commonly found in canned foods (short for bisphenol-A) could promote abnormal breast growth in boys and adult men.

Researchers exposed male mice to very low doses of BPA, and found that the mice went on to have enlarged mammary tissue in adulthood, explains study author Dr Laura Vandenberg, a postdoctoral fellow of biology at the Center for Developmental and Regenerative Biology at Tufts University.

“This study provides additional evidence that the mammary gland is exceptionally sensitive to low doses of BPA when exposures occur during early development,” she says. “What is different about this study is that it is the first to suggest that the male mammary gland could be affected by BPA exposures.”

The study also gives additional evidence that environmental chemicals could play a role in gynecomastia, a condition that causes abnormal breast growth in boys and men, and one that may cause significant emotional distress, Vandenberg says.

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BPA has already been linked to breast and prostate cancers, heart and kidney damage, behavioral problems, obesity, and type 2 diabetes. It’s a chemical that’s currently produced at a high rate, with about 6 billion tons produced throughout the world annually. The quantities are staggering, considering that a miniscule amount could cause permanent damage.

BPA is so commonly used in consumer products that it’s actually starting to invade our environment, where its effects have been noted. Now detected in air, sand, and water, the chemical acts like a synthetic estrogen; even tiny doses of it could alter your body’s ability to regulate natural bodily functions.

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The wave of evidence suggesting BPA-related problems in men, women, and children isn’t expected to subside anytime soon. The number of studies reporting low-dose problems with BPA exposure in laboratory animals continues to climb, and more studies looking at the chemical’s impacts on the metabolic and immune systems, brain development, and reproduction are expected to come out by year’s end.

To protect your family from harmful BPA chemicals and replacements, avoid eating and drinking from plastic containers, and if you must use them, never heat the plastic in the dishwasher or microwave - doing so accelerates chemical leaching. Choosing fresh or frozen vegetables and other foods instead of canned will also reduce your exposure to hormone-disrupting chemicals.

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  1. Glenn10:33am Saturday 06th April 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    I want some just so i can play with them all day.

  2. wildebeest05:23pm Friday 15th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    This is absolute rubbish. Before the second World War - and for decades after - generations of people relied on canned vegetables, fruit & meat and the incidence of man boobs was no greater then than now. Whoever was responsible for this article should be reprogrammed!

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  3. Russell Hayden05:51pm Tuesday 12th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Why not sell this BPA to women who want bigger boobs? I personaly like them small with big nipples.

  4. jodie05:01pm Tuesday 12th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    More like lack of exercise.

  5. Ugnisaet03:26pm Tuesday 12th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Chicken its from eating chicken

  6. Roger03:16pm Tuesday 12th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    I've found beer, peanuts and no exercise to be great for mine...

  7. george02:06pm Tuesday 12th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    They don't come from BPA what a load of #$%$ . They can be either hereditary ie extra estrogen levels passed on by the mother or by using steroids of a long period of time.

  8. Glib01:48pm Tuesday 12th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    "Avoid drinking from plastic containers'....LMFAO !!

  9. John01:33pm Tuesday 12th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse


  10. John01:31pm Tuesday 12th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Another culprit is a fluid tablet medication called Spironolctone



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