Sperm quality increases with better diet

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Men's diets could be linked to their sperm quality, particularly when considering the amount and type of fats they consume.

A recent study of 99 American men showed that a diet with high total fat intake corresponds to lower total sperm count and concentration. Men who consume more omega-3 polyunsaturated fats had better shaped sperm compared to other men. More study needs to be done with a larger group, but the findings are still important.

“In the meantime, if men make changes to their diets so as to reduce the amount of saturated fat they eat and increase their omega-3 intake, then this may not only improve their general health, but could improve their reproductive health too. At a global level, adopting these lifestyle modifications may improve general health, as high saturated fat diets are known to be a risk factor for a range of cardiovascular diseases; but, in addition, our research suggests that it could be beneficial for reproductive health worldwide,” said Jill Attaman, Clinical and Research Fellow in Reproductive Endocrinology ad Infertility at Massachusetts General Hospital and Instructor in Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology at Harvard Medical School.

According to the World Health Organization, a “normal” sperm count has 39 million sperm per ejaculate and the concentration should be around 15 million per ml. Participants who consumed the most saturated fats had a 35% lower total sperm count and a 38% lower concentration of sperm compared to the men who ate the least fat.

Source: MedicalNewsToday, Human Reproduction


 
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