In a recent article on sperm count (a key indicator of male health) the conclusion is that the standard western “diet” seems to have a hugely negative effect on sperm count and the typical western lifestyle of insulin resistance and hyper cholesterol seem to cause a reduction in sperm activity (count and mobility) in men who are obese (1).
Additionally, dietary factors like smoking and alcohol consumption, which are often blamed for lowered sperm count and testosterone levels, seem to have no effect when used in fairly high doses (2).
Additionally, to further complicate this story, we can see that BMI seems to have less of an effect on markers of male health that previously thought (3). While BMI seems to have a negative effect on testosterone levels, it doesn’t seem to impact sperm count, obesity does tend to show a negative effect in some studies on sperm quality
It appears from the literature that this is a very complicated topic and the “culprit” of the drop in both testosterone and sperm quality (levels + mobility + defects) may be due to the xenoestrogens and endocrine disruptors in the western male’s diet.
According to Hagai in his landmark 2017 study “This comprehensive meta-regression analysis reports a significant decline in sperm counts (as measured by SC and TSC) between 1973 and 2011, driven by a 50–60% decline among men unselected by fertility from North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Because of the significant public health implications of these results, research on the causes of this continuing decline is urgently needed.” In this Mayo Clinic 2017 chart you can see that there is a 1% per year loss of testosterone in men. This does fly in the face of other studies which show a greater decrease.
THESE DROPS SHOULDN’T BE HAPPENING
This means that western men are looking at a 50-60% decline in sperm count with an a theorized similar drop in testosterone. According to another study by Andre Araujo, PhD it is theorized that men are losing 10-20% of their total free testosterone every 10 years, but this shouldn’t be happening when comparing the western diet men with those from countries that don’t use as many environmental chemicals. It appears that a combination of these environmental toxins plus increased stress could be the culprit.
In too many studies to quote, it appears that long term exposure to stress is a major factor in lowering testosterone levels and that restoring androgen levels like testosterone may reduce the impact of stress on the body.
WRAPPING UP THE DATA
These studies are alarming for any male who values fertility and should be looking at some form of testosterone boosting and cortisol lowering plan.
Things Theorized to Boost Testosterone:
- Ginger Root
- Aromatase Inhibitors (6-OXO, Arimistane, 1,4,6-DHEA)
- Vitamin D
- Prohormones such as 5-DHEA, 4-DHEA and Pregnenolone
Things Theorized To Lower Cortisol:
- Panax Ginsing
- Black Tea
- Phosphatidyl Serine
It seems more important than ever that men over 21 supplement with things that both boost testosterone and lower cortisol. Fertility and overall well being may just depend on counteracting endocrine disrupting and estrogen acting chemicals.
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1)Urologiia. 2017 Sep;(4):62-67. [Effects of smoking and alcohol consumptionon reproductive and metabolic indicators in young men in western siberia]. Osadchuk LV1,2,3, Popova AV1,2,3, Erkovich AA1,2,3, Voroshilova NA1,2,3, Osadchuk AV1,2,3.
2) Arch Ital Urol Androl. 2017 Oct 3;89(3):219-221. doi: 10.4081/aiua.2017.3.219. Investigation of the effect of body mass index (BMI) on semen parameters and male reproductive system hormones. Keskin MZ1, Budak S, Aksoy EE, Yücel C, Karamazak S, Ilbey YO, Kozacıoğlu Z.
3) Andrologia. 2017 Sep 19. doi: 10.1111/and.12888. [Epub ahead of print] Association between obesity and sperm quality. Ramaraju GA1, Teppala S1, Prathigudupu K1, Kalagara M1, Thota S1, Kota M1, Cheemakurthi R1.