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Saturday, 8 March 2014

Consumption of bacon linked to men lower .........count

Recent study presented at the America Society for Reproductive Medicine’s in 2013 Annual Meeting in Boston, discovered that bacon and other processed meats are not too healthy for men's fertility.

Researchers collected data from 156 men who were undergoing in vitro fertilization ('test-tube' babies or IVF) with their significant other to examine their diet and the size and shape of their sperm. Participants were requested to provide details about their diet, including how often they eat processed meat, red meat, white meat, poultry, and fish.

The result shows that, men who eat more than half a portion of processed meats such as bacon on a daily basis had significantly lower levels of “normal” sperm, compared to men who eat less than half a portion of processed meats per day.  

In addition, the researchers also discovered that foods such as fish and cod seemed to build up sperm quality. On the other hand, a number of health professionals have expressed their uncertainties about the study’s outcomes.

Dr. Allan Pacey, a fertility specialist at the University of Sheffield, said it was already known that a healthy diet could increase male fertility, but it was less clear whether specific foods could be attributed for lower sperm count.

Dr Pacey stated that “The relationship between diet and men’s fertility is an interesting one, and there is substantial evidence that men who eat more fresh fruit and vegetables have better sperm than men who don’t. However, less is known about the fertility of men with poor diets”

Pacey also said it was very difficult to accurately measure the size and shape of sperm. However, advice to consume less processed meat and more fish was good health advice, regardless.
Source from Medical daily report
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