Effects of mobile phone radiation on serum testosterone in Wistar albino rats

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Saudi Med J. 2010 Aug;31(8):869-73.

Effects of mobile phone radiation on serum testosterone in Wistar
albino rats.

Meo SA, Al-Drees AM, Husain S, Khan MM, Imran MB.

Department of Physiology [29], College of Medicine, King Saud
University, PO Box 2925, Riyadh 11461, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effects of electromagnetic field
radiation generated by mobile phones on serum testosterone levels in
Wistar albino rats.

METHODS: This experimental interventional control study was conducted
in the Department of Physiology, College of Medicine, King Saud
University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia during the period December 2006 to
April 2008. A total of 34 male Albino rats [Wistar strain], 2 months
of age, weighing 150-160 gm were used for the experiment. These
animals were divided into 3 groups. The first group containing 6 rats
was assigned as a control group. The second group containing 14 rats
was exposed to mobile phone radiation for 30 minutes daily and the
third group containing 14 rats was exposed to mobile phone radiation
for 60 minutes daily for the total period of 3 months. At the end of
experimental period, blood was collected into the container, and serum
testosterone was analyzed using double-antibody radioimmunoassay
method by Coat-A-Count.

RESULTS: Exposure to mobile phone radiation for 60 minutes/day for the
total period of 3 months significantly decrease the serum testosterone
level [p=0.028] in Wistar Albino rats compared to their matched
control.

CONCLUSION: Long-term exposure to mobile phone radiation leads to
reduction in serum testosterone levels. Testosterone is a primary male
gender hormone and any change in the normal levels may be devastating
for reproductive and general health.


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