Are Cell Phones Dangerous To Your Diabetes?

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Testosterone is a powerful hormone that serves many bodily functions and is secreted by the testicles of men and the ovaries of women. Men with diabetes are more than twice as likely to have low have levels of testosterone. Obese men are over 2.5 times as likely to have low levels of testosterone. This hormone mainly supports proper sexual reproductive needs, but also has a secondary role of promoting healthy hair, muscle, and bone growth. This study concludes a strong link between low testosterone and diabetes. Since low testosterone precedes the diagnosis of diabetes, it can serve as the proverbial canary in the coal mine. While there are a staggering amount of factors that can cause lower testosterone, there is one easily controllable condition that affects us smart phone users. Cell phones dangerous interactions with your body can worsen your health. Getting your testosterone levels tested by your physician is an easy and routine procedure. Your efforts to get your testosterone in the normal range will make muscle growth and weight loss much easier.


Testosterone molecule. Dangerous exposure to cell phone radiation can lower hormones.

Men with low testosterone are at a higher risk of getting Type 2 Diabetes.


Low testosterone is an early indicator for obesity and a few other conditions worth avoiding. From years of studies, experts have concluded these side effects occur when this powerful hormone is low:

  • Insulin Resistance – As the body’s testosterone gets lower and lower, the body has a harder time with insulin. Those suffering from prediabetes could be worsening their health by having lower testosterone.
  • High Blood Pressure – The influence of testosterone in the blood stream acts on the vessels to increase the risk of hypertension. High blood pressure is one of the factors of metabolic syndrome.
  • Erectile Dysfunction – Testosterone is the primary sexual hormone in men and lows levels are the leading cause in erectile dysfunctions. A strong sex life is a sign of good bodily functions and overall health, age notwithstanding.
  • Alzheimer’s Disease – Low levels have been linked to developing this neurodegenerative disease. Some doctors have even started labeling Alzheimer’s as type 3 diabetes due to the strong correlation between it and metabolic syndrome.


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Our bodies secrete some fifty different hormones from endocrine cells, most of which lie in glands throughout our bodies. Some other hormones, of importance to diabetics, are insulin, which affects the intake of glucose and other metabolic functions. Leptin is the hormone that the body makes to tell you that you are full from eating. Ghrelin is made to stimulate appetite. Growth hormone stimulates cell reproduction and bodily growth. Thyroxine is produced by the thyroid and is responsible for the regulation of metabolism. Our sensitive endocrine system, that encompasses all of our hormone production, can be easily influenced by the chemical, physical and electronic environment around us. Below is a good explanation, by scientists, of what makes an endocrine disruptor and what chemicals are of concern.




Technology can offer wonderful advancements for humanity. The modern computer has leveraged our human abilities for doing complex math and simulation problems. Telephones now allow the amazing ability to speak directly to nearly anyone on this planet. This was unthinkable a mere century ago. As new technology is developed, we are often unaware on how it will be used or affect our culture and human bodies. The recent invention of the smart phone has changed our behavior – think about how often you see people just looking down and doing the infinite scroll movement with their fingers. We are now a society of hyper-connected, always-on, and dopamine dependent smart phone addicts. Each time you get a notification on your phone, it results in a small increase in dopamine in the brain, the pleasure-seeking hormone. The irregular, albeit nearly constant, stimulating of your dopamine system can be exhausting over time. This behavioral addiction pattern can also be disruptive to productivity. Our mind truly cannot multitask, so it is forced to flip between distractions, one at a time. Cell phones dangerous behavior changing has affected the pleasure centers of our brains.

The behavioral addiction to smart phones is the noticeable effect of this modern technology, but there exists a harder to spot effect from the electromagnetic radiation. Smart phones send a very strong, direct signal to nearby cell towers to make a conversation possible. When not in use during a phone call, a smart phone will continue to send a strong signal, but at intermittent rates, to log GPS data, check for voice-mails and text messages. The number of apps on a smart phone further increase the amount of notifications and data being sent, thus resulting in even more radiation. Cell phones entered the market years ago through a regulatory loophole that only required minimal testing to prove safety to the general population. At that time, there were not rules in place to protect from the unknown effects of cellular radiation. To worsen this situation, the manufacturers of cell phones conduct their own testing. There is a clear conflict of interest since the manufacturers stand to earn great profits, but are left to self-police their interests. Cell phones dangerous consequences are under-reported.


Cell phone exposure can be dangerous to body weight of women.

Smart phones have been linked to lowering testosterone and increasing the potential for brain cancer.


Research studies have been quietly getting published on the adverse effects of cellular use in the recent years. Since it would be considered cruel to subject humans to high levels of radiation to test its effects, most of the testing has been conducted on lab rats. While this is not ideal since humans and rats are not completely the same in biological makeup, it is the only means of conducting a controlled research experiment. A study done outside of the US found that exposure to a mere 30 minutes per day for three months produced significant reductions in serum testosterone. Adding to this finding, they stated: “any change in the normal levels [of testosterone] may be devastating for reproductive and general health.” Another study found that cellular use greatly increases damage to DNA following a call or dialing. The World Health Organization’s (WHO) International Agency for Research on Cancer went so far as stating that electromagnetic radiation from mobile phone and other wireless devices makes up a “possible human carcinogen.” Studies in Sweden have concluded that cellular users are four times as likely to develop brain cancer over their lifetime.



Before throwing your hands up in frustration, understand that some workarounds do exist and they’re relatively easy to carry out in your daily life. By all means, we all need to develop a healthy way to use our smart phones. It is hard to think of going back to an existence without these powerful computers in our convenient grasp.

Airplane mode is not just for flying. The purpose of this mode was to cut the potential electromagnetic effects of phones to the computers used on airplanes. Airplane mode keeps your phone on, but it restricts all the cellular, wi-fi and bluetooth signals from being sent or received. If you keep your phone in your pants pocket, like most people do, it will be next to your ovaries and your testicles. This is where testosterone gets produced, so it is key to prevent your phone from damaging this process. Whenever you do put your phone in your pocket, just put it on airplane mode. It is counter-culture to not be immediately responsive for contact, but most people truly do not have such urgent matters. Your normal levels of testosterone are far more important than immediately getting notified that someone has posted a kitten video on your Facebook timeline.

To lower the effect of cell radiation when talking on your phone, there’s only one case on the market that has been tested by independent labs. The design of these cases reduces the exposure to radiation by 89% below the FCC limit. Pong Cases for iPhone 6 or iPhone 5/5S.

The placement and location of your smart phone will affect how much radiation you get exposed to also. If you’re traveling to work or school, it’s best to have your phone on airplane mode. When you arrive it is advisable to distance yourself from your phone as much as possible. Turning your phone on and putting it two arm distances away (or more) on your desk will make sure that you can stay connected while keeping the radiation at bay. For those who use your phone as an alarm clock next to your bed, consider just keeping it in airplane mode throughout the night. This will reduce any notifications from interrupting your sleep, not to mention give you a break from the seemingly constant cell radiation.

Most states have mandated using a hands-free solution for driving and talking in vehicles. It makes sense to use a bluetooth headset when not driving, too. The electrical radiation from the bluetooth headset is far less than what your phone emits to contact the cell tower. So putting your phone across the room, during a call, and using your bluetooth should decrease the potential for brain tumors and brain cancer later in life.


Close up on a bodybuilder biceps. Cell phones are dangerous and can lower testosterone.

Men and women with normal levels of testosterone have an easier time building muscle mass.



A sample size of one does not a study make, but there is power in the anecdotal experience. Since testing cell radiation on humans would be a cruel and unusual punishment, arguably our personal experiences could be the best proof we need to limit our smart phone usage.

Several years ago, I read the above study on serum testosterone and cellular radiation and decided to try an experiment on myself. I reasoned that if this was true and the effect was significant enough, that I should feel or notice something. After about two years of having a smart phone constantly on in my pocket, I decided to change my behavior and keep it in airplane mode or off while on my person. In hindsight, I wish I had measured my testosterone before and after this experiment. The first two weeks of not having my phone radiating my cojones, I experienced a strong discomfort in my testicles that I can only attribute to not being radiated directly. They were quite sore but the discomfort lessened by the end of the second week. At month three, I had gained about 10 pounds of muscle, without changing my diet nor exercise. My next dental visit brought much surprise to my dentist. Earlier I had recesses in my gums that were “worth keeping an eye on” but not bad enough to call for a painful and expensive trip to the periodontist. Approximately four months after my cell experiment began, the recesses between my gums and teeth had definitely gotten smaller. Since testosterone plays a vital role in growing muscle mass, it had encouraged my gums to grow back to a level that my dentist declared as both in the safe and normal range for gum health. I will never put my iPhone in my pocket again when it is on and neither should you. Cell phones dangerous effects were too personal for me to ignore.


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