Saturated fats tied to falling sperm counts in Danes: studySubmitted by emalvini on Mon, 01/07/2013 - 05:03
Saturated fats tied to falling sperm counts in Danes: study
Reuters – 9 hours ago
- Saturated fats, like those found in rich cheeses and meats, may do more than weigh men down after a meal - a Danish study also links them to dwindling sperm counts.
Researchers, whose report appeared in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found that young Danish men who ate the most saturated fats had a 38 percent lower concentration of sperm, and 41 percent lower sperm counts in their semen, than those who ate the least fat.
"We cannot say that it has a causal effect, but I think other studies have shown that saturated fat intake has shown a connection to other problems and now also for sperm count," said Tina Jensen, the study's lead author from Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen, the Danish capital.
The research is not the first to connect diet and other lifestyle factors to sperm production and quality. In 2011, Brazilian researchers found that eating more grains - such as wheat, oats or barley - was associated with improved sperm concentration and mobility, and fruit was also linked to a speed and agility boost in sperm.