Fall For Western Sperm Count

Fall For Western Sperm Count

By Erin Archer

 

A 38 year old study has found there is a steady decline in sperm count among men in Australia, New Zealand, Europe and North America, with a drop of more than 50 percent.

The research conducted analysis on 185 separate studies between 1973 and 2011, which involved 43,000 men, and according to the experts it paints a grim picture of the vitality of Western men.

While there isn’t a specific reason for why this is happening, there is the suggestion that the cause might be an environmental or lifestyle issue that is specific to western society.

The authors of the study wrote that there is a high proportion of men from Western countries with concentration below 40 million/ml, which is troubling medical professionals as sperm counts below this threshold increases the chances drastically for infertility.

Professor Kelton Tremellen is a reproductive medicines expert at Flinders University, and he said the issue isn’t apparent in countries like Asia or Africa, which means the most likely cause of the lowering sperm count could boil down to obesity.  

“Poor diet and lack of exercise, both endemic in the western world, has resulted in two-thirds of men being overweight or obese, and obesity is known to be a significant risk factor for both low testosterone levels and sperm count.”

Have a listen to what Professor Tremellen said to the ABC about whether Western countries should start worrying yet.

While the experts maintain that we’re not quite in trouble yet, they do say it serves as a warning that Western countries including Australia need to starting investigating the role diet and environment plays on production.

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