I like to cook. One of my favorite dishes is good old New York style Italian sausage and peppers. If you have ever made this dish, or even fried up a few breakfast links, you know that they tend to shrink a bit in frying.
However, new research seems to suggest that those wonderful non-stick frypans, can lead to a “shrinking sausage” of another kind!
According to the NY Post, researchers in Italy found that exposure to a chemical commonly found on nonstick pans and fast-food wrappers may have a significant impact on “male endowment” — and can result in smaller penis size.
The study, which was published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, found that men who had been exposed to perfluoroalkyl compounds also referred to as PFCs had significantly smaller members than those who hadn’t.
The men with exposure to PFC also had lower semen quality and a higher incidence of erectile dysfunction, then those who had little or no exposure to the compounds.
What Are PFCs?
PFCs are chemicals commonly used as water and oil repellents in cookware and textiles. Scientists have been concerned for a while about the long-term health impacts of exposure to PFCs. They have been linked to increased risk of thyroid and liver cancer, and are known to have an impact on hormone production. It is that last one that likely accounted for the results of the Italian study.
According to the Post, the researchers examined 383 male high-school students, including 212 who had been exposed to PFCs, in northeast Italy, through June 2017. They took participants’ blood to measure sexual hormones, examined semen samples, and took several measurements of penis size, both length and girth.
The participants who weren’t exposed to PFCs had larger penises, with an average length of 3.94 inches, compared to an average of 3.44 inches in those who had been exposed. Exposed men were also one-fifth of an inch less in girth.
This is disconcerting, especially since for some unknown reason, PFCs seem to accumulate more readily in the bodies of adult males than any other members of the population.
Study authors call this a “substantial impact on human male health” — one which could even lead to issues with male fertility.
So, if you want to preserve your Peter, maybe next time, try grilling or boiling your sausages instead of frying!