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Weight loss helps men double sperm count: study says

Weight loss helps men double sperm count study says


The battle of the bulge has never been more potent, according to new research that links weight loss with amped up sperm counts.

Scientists from the University of Copenhagen tracked 56 men between the ages of 18 and 65, with BMIs ranging from 32 to 43 — well above the “healthy” range of between 18.5 to 24.9. All case studies were placed on a strict 800-calories-a-day diet for two months.

By the end of the eight-week timeline, sperm counts swam up 41% in men who dropped at least eight pounds. The research also indicated that the men who kept the weight off for at least a year, doubled their seed tally, according to the new study published in the journal Human Reproduction.

“It was surprising to us that such a big improvement can be shown in the semen quality in connection with a weight loss,” reported lead study author Signe Torekov, a professor and obesity expert in the University of Copenhagen’s Department of Biomedical Sciences.

“This is the first long-term randomized study, where we have shown that semen quality in men with obesity improve with a sustained weight loss,” said Torekov, who conducted the research in conjunction with fellow professor Romain Barres, of the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research.

Torekov went on to explain that the men lost an average of 36 pounds (16.5 kg), which increased the sperm concentration by 50% and the sperm count by 40% eight weeks since the weight loss.

“It was surprising to us that such a big improvement can be shown in the semen quality in connection with a weight loss,” Professor Signe Torekov noted.
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A typical sperm amount is reported to be any number larger than 15 million swimmers per milliliter of semen, according to prior Mayo Clinic studies.

Sperm qualities among male specimens have been decreasing as whole since the 1970s across Europe, North America and Australia.

Meanwhile, separate examination was released earlier this year by the University of Worcester in England claiming that males who eat too much meat are raising the risk of becoming infertile.

High protein diets plunged men’s testosterone levels by 37% and they were advised to eat less chicken, beef and lamb to up their sperm amount.



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