You are forced to pick and choose from different problems surrounding you that hold top priority in your life that sperm health remains the last concern in the minds of most men in today’s world. But if you ask me why this sudden interest in one of the least publicly discussed topics, a recent study shows the blatant truth behind reproduction-average sperm count has decreased by 59% in the past 40 years that United States’ national public health institute states that its something to do with a male factor in about 35% of couples with infertility.
A drop in fertility rates and rise in assisted reproductive technology has become extremely prominent in the last few decades which coincides with the increased use of technology. Some say decrease in sperm count is probably due to frequent use of laptops which men rest on the lap while some others blame it on the heat generated by our dear most smartphones that go with men everywhere cosily sitting in the pant pocket. There might be truth to this but laptops have become our means of survival and smartphones have become inseparable. There is always one thing that could be changed by us and its our food habits and lifestyle. Obesity rates are high and its been shown that obesity is a likely factor for decrease in sperm count and quality. We are not in short of news and studies that show that consuming certain foods harms sperm health but at the same time it is also possible to improve sperm quality by consuming certain other foods as well.
By telling that sperms influence diet I mean to convey that there is an immediate if not instant effect following the consumption of certain foods. This is the result of a new study published in the PLOS journal that researched on healthy young men who were fed a diet rich in sugar. Sperm quality can be affected owing to various environmental and lifestyle factors including obesity and type 2 diabetes, both of which have pronounced effect, and the new study involved physical properties or levels of gene expression changing while the genetic material, the DNA sequence, remains unchanged. If you are surprised by the fact that type 2 diabetes affects sperm health please visit the website www.firsteatright.com for authentic research and study proofs backing it. We already have study showing that fruit flies which consumed excess sugar just before mating produced overweight offspring and other studies have shown that small fragments of RNA known as tRNA play a role in these epigenetic phenomena that appear in the next generation. The new study wanted to test whether increased consumption of sugar had effect on the RNA fragments of human sperm.
The study included 15 non-smoking young men who were given a diet based on Nordic Nutrition Recommendations with the only exception that during the second week each participant was given a diet containing excess sugar in some form, a drink or some confectionary. Sperm quality was analysed at the start of the study, after the first week (consumed a healthy diet) and after the second week (participants consumed large amounts of sugar). 1/3rd participants had lower sperm motility at the beginning of the study and in due time motility rates of all participants became normal. The RNA fragments that are linked to sperm motility also changed. Eating the right foods, choosing a well-balanced diet, leading an active lifestyle and being stress-free are ways to improved health and better sperm quality.
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.