Beware men, high intake of sugary drinks can lead to infertility

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The Deccan Herald reported a study published in the journal Human Reproduction, lean, healthy men who consume more sugary drinks may have a low sperm quality and motility.

The study was an analysis of semen of 189 men aged between 18 and 22 years, from Rochester, New York. Each participant underwent physical examination, and had to answer a questionnaire about his health habits and diet. The men reported how often they consumed sugar-sweetened drinks ranging from zero to six drinks every day. 

Although researchers found no link between consumption of sugary drinks and sperm motility in overweight or obese men, the link was apparent in lean, healthy men. The top 25 per cent of men who consumed the most sugary drinks, consumed an average of 2.7 sugar-sweetened beverages per day, ‘Live Science’ reported. Lean men with this high-intake had 6.3 per cent lower sperm motility than other obese men who consumed, on average, less than one sugary drink per day. 

Higher sugary drink consumption was also found to be associated with decreases levels of a follicle stimulating hormone, or FSH, a reproductive hormone that helps sperm production. But the study reported that both lean and obese men, who consumed the most sugary drinks had lowered FSH levels.

What are the causes of infertility?

Laptops

While a laptop may be your go-to device for everything from ordering a meal to earning your salary, scientists have said that keeping a laptop on your thighs can affect your sperm quality and make you infertile. A study published in the journal Fertility and Sterility suggests that ejaculated sperm (of men working with a laptop) was significantly damaged. 

Obesity

The list of diseases linked to obesity is long. It is also the leading cause of infertility in both men and women. In men, it can affect the sperm count and in women, it makes miscarriages likelier and also interferes with their menstrual cycle. If you are obese, it is important that you fight the condition and get back in great shape. It may take months of hard work, but will keep you happy for years after. Not only will it make you healthier, it will be great for your self confidence too! 

Smoking

Like obesity, the list of diseases linked to smoking is long. Its harmful effects are well publicized and are prominent in public consciousness. A report by the British Medical Association showed that smokers may have up to a 10-40 percent lower monthly fecundity (a.k.a. fertility) rate.

 SOURCE - thehealthsite. com


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