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PhthalatesMeasures of phthatates, a hormone disruptor found in plastics and personal care products, in the body correlated with decreased levels of testosterone in new research published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.
Boys age 6 to 12 saw 24 to 34 percent declines in testosterone. This is a concern because low testosterone at this age may impair reproductive function later in life. Specifically, this drop was found in response to a phthalate called di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate, or DEHP.
For men ages 40 to 60, the group most commonly concerned with falling testosterone levels, phthalate exposure was connected to a 8 to 13 percent decrease in testosterone.