Male Infertility Rising.... Mediterranean Diet May Help

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Sperm quality and with it, fertility, is on a steep decline among men in North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
 
Between 1973 and 2011, sperm counts (as measured by 185 studies of 42,935 men) fell by almost 60%, which is an alarming finding.
 
The reasons for this infertility may be due to a combination of poor diet and exposure "to many {synthetic} chemicals we've never been exposed to before," commented Dr. Hagai Levine, a co-author of the study review in the science journal, Human Reproduction. These chemicals include pesticides, phthalates, and fire retardants, which are documented endocrine disrupting chemicals that alter hormones and affect the male reproductive system. Chronic stress is also thought to play a role.
 
In another study published in the same science journal, a research team evaluated 225 men between the ages of 26 and 55 years, measuring their semen quality and comparing the results to their dietary habits. 
 
Those men with the most unhealthy diets had more than twice the likelihood of having abnormal sperm concentrations, whereas men who adhered to a Mediterranean style diet had the highest overall sperm quality, based on sperm concentration and motility.
 
 
 
Sources:
"Temporal trends in sperm count: a systematic review and meta-regression analysis." Levine H. Et al. Human Reproduction. 2017 July. 
 
"Association between adherence to the Mediterranean diet and semen quality parameters in male partners of couples attempting fertility." Karayiannis D. Et al. Human Reproduction. 2017 January. 
Posted in Sexual Vitality on July 28 at 09:28 AM

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