New York, April 5: Do you eat, sleep and drink your mobile phone, literally? Limit your WhatsApp or Facebook urge as men using cell phones for over four hours a day are at a greater risk of impotency than those who use it for less than two hours, an alarming research has indicated. Two new studies in Austria and Egypt have linked daily cell phone use to erectile dysfunction (ED). The researchers believe the damage could be caused by the electromagnetic radiation emitted by handsets or the heat they generate.
For the study, the researchers recruited 20 men with erectile dysfunction and another group of 10 healthy men with no complaints of ED. There was no difference between either group regarding age, weight, height, smoking, total testosterone or exposure to other known sources of radiation. Scientists found that men who had erectile dysfunction carried switched-on cell phones for an average of 4.4 hours daily, whereas the men without erectile dysfunction averaged 1.8 hours.
“Men who use mobile phones could be risking their fertility,” said the researchers in a report published in the latest newsletter of Environmental Health Trust (EHT). A non-profit organisation, EHT focuses on raising awareness on the negative impacts of unsafe cell phone use and performing cutting-edge research on cell phone radiation. However, neither study found sperm count was affected.
“Our study showed the total time of exposure to the cell phone is much more important than the relatively short duration of intense exposure during phone calls,” the researchers noted. Since the preliminary study was small-scale, the researchers concluded that the results indicated a need for larger-scaled studies.