Study: High exposure to BPA could lead to a low sperm count

October 29th, 2010 - 6:13 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

New York, Oct 29 (THAINDIAN NEWS) The health concerns linked to exposure of bisphenol-A or BPA has been highlighted again after it emerged that some Chinese factory workers who were exposed to the chemical had a low sperm count.

The revelation was as a result of a study that was carried out to determine the relationship between the chemical and poor semen quality. The findings of the study were published in the journal Fertility and Sterility. The researchers however admitted that they were not sure whether the low sperm count and poor quality sperm could affect fertility.

The research, which was sponsored, by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health in the United States was authored by Dr. De-Kun Li of the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research in Oakland. It studied some 130 Chinese factory workers whose work was directly linked with BPA. Another 88 workers who were not in contact with the chemical were also studied.

After the research, it was revealed that the workers with higher levels of BPA in their urine had low sperm count. The higher the level, the lower the sperm count. The latest revelation has raised the bar of suspicion of the drug. Canada recently added the chemical to its official list of toxic chemicals.

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