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Infertile Men May Live Shorter
- Updated: May 19, 2014
According to researchers, men rendered infertile due to biological defects in their sperm/semen such as low sperm count, low concentration of sperm, reduced semen volume, and impaired sperm motility face death risks twice that of men whose semen and sperm are normal or healthy. This 8 year-long study was published in the journal Human Reproduction. This research work was supported by the National Institutes of Health and Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute for Child Health and Human Development and. The authors have, however, disclosed no relevant financial information.
For their research work, Eisenberg and his team reviewed medical records of 11,935 men in age group between 20 and 50 who had gone to be tested for possible infertility at Houston’s Baylor College of Medicine or Stanford, , out of which only 69 died during the 8-year study period. It, however, notes that the overall risk of death for infertile men is still low.
Previous studies, however, have linked male infertility to long-term diseases such as cancer.
Michael Eisenberg, the lead author of this study, is of the view that the doctors treating infertile male patients should counsel them on healthier habits which can, in turn, increase their chances of survival. He also stated that it is important to identity this group of people and hopefully prevent these deaths.
He also acknowledges that it is still unknown, as of now, defective semen is, at all, the cause of health problems or mere evidence of some other underlying disease. It may be because of hormonal, developmental or genetic factors. I may also be due to the experience of having and raising kids.
Even though infertile men were evaluated for the study, yet, he feels that infertile women can also be at increased risk of early death.
Eisenberg believes that infertility sheds light into a man’s later health.