The hidden hazards of low sperm counts

I’ve sounded the alarm over the growing male fertility crisis before. And today, I’d like to return to that topic.

But I’m not going to talk about what’s causing men’s sperm counts to plummet. Instead, I’m going to talk about the other problems associated with a plummeting sperm count.

Spoiler alert: There are a lot more than you might think. And none of them have to do with fertility…

Three lethal threats of a low sperm count

The Endocrine Society held its 100th annual meeting this past spring. Among the presentations was the largest study of semen quality to date. And the news was dire, to say the least.

This research looked at more than 5,000 male partners of infertile Italian couples. And it discovered that low sperm count was an independent predictor of a laundry list of serious health threats — including metabolic syndrome, heart disease, and osteoporosis.

Specifically, men with low sperm count were 1.2 times more likely to have more body fat, high blood pressure, high triglycerides, and low HDL cholesterol. Metabolic syndrome and insulin resistance was also more prevalent in this group. And a good half of the men with low testosterone in this study also had osteoporosis — proving that brittle bones aren’t just a problem for older women.

But perhaps the most notable finding of all? Men with low sperm counts were 12 times more likely to have low testosterone. Which, as I’ve explained before, is a serious health threat by itself.

For these men, a visit to the fertility clinic should be the first step. And a consult with someone who can get their testosterone levels back on track should be the next.

Of course, given the ongoing controversy surrounding testosterone replacement, I won’t hold my breath for that recommendation to become the standard protocol anytime soon. But that certainly won’t stop me from advocating for it

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