Health News March 2018
Could a Tattoo Cause Cancer?
Black ink is widely used in tattoos, quite often without any other colors added to it at all. Unfortunately, black tattoo inks can be made of soot, which can contain PAH, or polycystic aromatic hydrocarbons. According to German dermatologists from the University of Regensburg, PAH are potentially cancer-causing substances. They are found in extremely varying levels in 19 commercially-available black tattoo inks. During a skin analysis of people with black ink tattoos, cellular abnormalities were found when the skin was bombarded with UVA rays. Although it is not guaranteed, black ink tattoos may increase your risk of skin cancer and the development of metabolic abnormalities within your skin cells. Tat with care!
The Dangers of Tattooing Down Below
According to Iranian scientists, it may not be such a good idea to let a tattoo artist turn your manhood into a work of art. A case has been reported wherein a man was stuck with a three-month-long partial erection following the tattooing of his penis. This caused damage to the blood vessels in his genitals, triggering inflammation. As you can probably imagine, this is not a good situation, as it can lead to lifelong difficulties achieving and maintaining erections. Chronic inflammation can also increase your risk for other diseases, such as cancer. Treat your body with care and always make informed decisions about what you do with it. The consequences for not being careful are sometimes dire.
Can Tattoos Reduce Sweat?
A recent study, which surveyed 10 healthy young men, has suggested that tattoos may reduce the amount of sweat you are able to put out. All the men had a tattoo which covered at least a circular area of 5.2 centimeters. During the study, the men wore patches in order to measure sweat output – one on their tattooed skin and one on an area of non-tattooed skin. The patches contained pilocarpine nitrate, which induces sweating and is also used to test for cystic fibrosis. Upon collecting the sweat, the researchers were able to determine that the tattooed portions of skin produced significantly less sweat for all study participants. Furthermore, the sweat from tattooed skin had double the amount of sodium than the sweat produced from non-tattooed skin. More research is needed to understand the exact nature of the loss of sweat, especially during working out as opposed to chemically-induced sweating, but for now it’s safe to say that tattoos are not something you should avoid if you are worried about overheating or losing performance. Because this particular study was on such a small scale, it’s hard to draw any definitive conclusions from it.
Low T Link Found with Phthalates in Urine
Phthalates are chemicals used in the plastics industry which have worked their way into the environment since World War II. They can be detected in virtually every single human being on the planet. Over the past 50 years, their presence in the population has been linked to decreases in fertility and testosterone. The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, or NHANES, which is a large-scale ongoing health study, has also been able to determine that when phthalates are found in urine, a decrease in testosterone levels is also likely – regardless of whether the person is male, female, adult, or adolescent. Testosterone is not just important for men. It plays a role in everyone’s metabolic health, so having environmentally-altered levels of it in our bodies bodes ill for our future generations. This study just goes to show how pollution can have a direct effect on our health and wellness.
What’s in Store for Next Week from Fitness Pulse
Next up, we’re talking nutrition again. From eggs to stress, we’ve got you covered – so come and take a look at what we’ve got in store!
- Whole eggs or egg whites? You might be surprised!
- Spice beats out salt, according to your brain.
- Vitamin E can buffer against stress in the body.
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