Experts Believe Blue Lights May Be Impacting Growth

( – Researchers in Turkey revealed on September 25 that excessive use of digital screens could impact growth in animals. A joint team from the Bikent City Hospital and the Gazi University in Turkey’s Ankara discovered that blue light exposure can accelerate the onset of puberty in rats, demonstrating a direct connection between the screens of smart devices and early childhood development.

The team of researchers published their work in the most recent edition of Frontiers in Endocrinology and explained it at The Hague’s 61st Annual European Society for Pediatric Endocrinology Meeting. The new discoveries come after their previous studies on blue light exposure in female rats, which also presented early puberty after constant exposure to blue lights.

Bikent City Hospital’s lead researcher Dr. Aylin Ugurlu told attendees that this discovery could set a turning in the way people interact with these “blue lights.” He also explained that, after years of studies, he and his team can conclude that puberty in both female and male rats can be “severely influenced” by too much screen time.

In a news release, Ugurlu said he wanted to “emphasize” that the study was only made on rats, and that the results cannot be directly applied to female and male humans yet. However, he pointed out that the study offers an “experimental foundation” to keep investigating the “health consequences” of the increased amount of time that people spend time watching a screen in today’s society.

The lead researcher also pointed out that he hopes to continue the team’s study on blue light exposure in these animals to have a better understanding of the effects on fertility and reproductive organ damage in the long term. Further, Ugurlu noted that his team’s research could even lead to preventive measures and even contribute to the current discourse on how the types of modern lifestyles are affecting physiological development in children and teenagers. He said the study can also be used to know these lifestyles’ impact on “long-term health.”

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