The Environmental Health Trust rocked the men’s health community back on its heels this week after its latest newsletter linked erectile dysfunction to mobile phones.
Erectile dysfunction is a condition that effects 50% of men over 40 years of age, and is defined as the “inability to attain and maintain a penile erection”.
At present, the known risks from Erectile Dysfunction (ED) are diabetes mellitus, hypertension, obesity and hypercholesterolemia.
In a preliminary study published by the Central European Journal of Urology last year, medical teams in Austria and Egypt were reported to have found that the longer men carried mobile phones that were switched on, the greater the incidence of ED.
During the course of the study the teams hired twenty men who had claimed to have ED, as group A, and ten healthy males as group B. According to the teams, there were no distinguishable differences between the individuals in each group with regard to age, weight, height, testosterone levels and exposure to radiation.
The results of this study showed that, on average, the men with ED had carried their phones for 4.4 hours a day, and those who were healthy had carried theirs for 1.8 hours a day.
Mobile phones have previously been directly linked to cancer in the brain and other areas where they are kept on a person.
A site called NaturalNews.com was seen claiming that the mobile phone industry would hasten to shoot down such negative results and provide something to appease the public. It took, as an example, a large-scale study into the dangers of mobile phones that was dropped at a crucial point due to protests.