Why Men and Boys Should Think Before They Hit the T
If it turns out that your son’s testosterone is low, the biggest concern is why. In boys, testosterone is produced in the testicles (hence the similar names), and an abnormality could affect the levels. A number of genetic conditions and prescription medications can lower testosterone. And then there is the antibacterial soap. Yes, soap.
In 2016, the Food and Drug Administration banned an antibacterial/antimicrobial chemical called triclosan, which Dr. Stephen Giorgianni, an advisor to the Mens Health Network, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit, said was an ingredient in a wide variety of personal products. cleaning products, including soap, shampoo, dishwashing liquid, deodorant and even some toothpaste.
“The problem with triclosan is that chemically it resembles testosterone and functions as a sort of Trojan horse,” says Giorgianni. “When fake testosterone enters the bloodstream, our body thinks it’s the real thing and stops producing natural testosterone. As a result, the boy or man may develop a real drop in testosterone levels and start to show symptoms.
However, despite the FDA ban, triclosan can still be used in consumer products, including toys, bedding, fabrics, and other products that are not regulated by the FDA. While it’s not clear if the levels of triclosan in these products are correct, the safest thing to do if you see it on the ingredient panel is to buy something else.
At the end of the line ? Have your son see his pediatrician and do more research on low testosterone at https://www.menshealthnetwork.org.
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Armin Brott is the author of “Blueprint for Men’s Health”, “Your Head: An Owner’s Manual” and many other books on men’s health. Visit him at HealthyMenToday.com or send your questions or comments to [email protected]