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News: Recent study shows sex toys can cause diabetes

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A new study found that sex toys made of materials like plastic, rubber and latex can all result in microplastics in the bloodstream, as the tiny particles enter your body, which can contribute to serious health problems in the long run, like diabetes.

According to Metro, they can also disrupt immune responses and damage the nervous system as well as reproductive and developmental systems.

Now, along with air pollution and contact with other plastics, a new source of contamination, sex toys, has been identified by scientists. The team at Duke University and Appalachian State University are warning of the possible dangers after finding that sex toys also contain phthalates which can affect hormone levels and are present in concentrations that exceed US consumer warnings. They looked at four types of currently available sex toys: anal toys, beads, dual vibrators, and external vibrators.

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In order of most to least micro-and-nano-plastic release, results found that the anal toy released the most particles, followed by beads, dual vibrators and external vibrators. Lead author Dr Joana Sipe said: ‘We assert that since the measured presence of phthalates in our small sample size exceeds the exposure limit for the same chemicals in the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) regulations in children’s toys, investigations into whether or not the risk scenarios are also similar in sex toys are prudent for public health protection.’

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Writing in the journal Risk Analysis, Dr Sipe and her team note that raising awareness of safety issues concerning sex toys has been led by self-assembled consumer and industry groups, ‘potentially due to the societally taboo nature of the products’.

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‘Popular culture articles, sex toy critics and sex shops have raised awareness of chemical hazards, and healthcare professionals have called for educating consumers about preventable physical injuries associated with poorly designed sex toys,’ they wrote. ‘Legal scholars have brought attention to the absence of regulatory action by the US federal government to address these risks and have called upon consumer action groups – and even the US Congress – to step in and demand protective action, but have so far gained little traction.’

The findings will be discussed at the 2023 Society for Risk Analysis Annual Conference in Washington DC next month, shortly after world leaders were accused of showing ‘zero ambition’ to protect human health at the Global Plastics Treaty talks in Kenya. Twenty experts co-signed an open letter arguing that the UN’s initial ‘Zero draft’ is’not strong enough to protect the health of future generations’.

Dr John Peterson Myers, founder of Environmental Health Sciences and a member of the Plastic Health Council, said: ‘What began as an almost invisible trickle near the beginning of the 20th Century has now become a monstrous tsunami. ‘Plastic and plastic chemicals have spread like a scourge to every part of our planet, even inside us at levels known to be hazardous. Yet industry projections based on ‘business-as-usual’ anticipate the volume of plastics created will double by the mid-century.

‘We must choose. Will we smother the Earth and ourselves with toxic plastics? Or do we have the courage and foresight to stop the onslaught?’

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