No Bones About It: Why Cell Phones Could Be Hurting Your Hips
During a time when cell phones have the ability to do anything from finding the nearest sports park to telling you the best way to avoid an upcoming traffic jam, it’s probably difficult to hear that your celly could also be hurting our brains and harming our long-term health. But there is a growing number of studies showing that our cell phones could cause brain cancer, or even more convincing evidence published recently in the Journal of Craniofacial Research indicating that the places you carry your cellphone could lead to bone loss and related bone problems like osteoporosis.
Forty-eight men took part in this study, with 24 of them having used a cellphone for at least one year and 24 who had never owned a cellphone. On average, cell phone users were 10 years younger than the nonusers, and each of them carried their cellphones on their right hips. All the men carried their cell phone for roughly 11 hours each day. The study participants then had their body weight, height, and body mass index evaluated, and each man’s bone mineral density was measured.
What researchers found was that both groups had greater bone density in their left hips than in their right ones-- but the difference in bone density was more noticeable among cellphone users than nonusers, indicating that lugging around a cellphone on one's right hip could lead to lower bone density in that area. The more noticeable difference was consistent among all cellphone users-- regardless of age, weight or body mass index, three factors which can also play a part in bone density loss.
Not unlike other scientists who examine the impact of cellphones on one’s health, Fernando Saravi, MD, PhD, and author of the study, remains cautious about his results.
While he thinks they’re "interesting," he notes that the study's small size indicates a need for bigger studies to confirm his findings. "Having said that, I think that cell phones should be kept as far away from the body as possible most of the time," he admits. "I'm particularly concerned with children, who will presumably be exposed to cellphone radiation for decades, giving time for possible adverse effects to develop."
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