Men will get the jitters if some thing as simple as watching TV for prolonged periods can lower their sperm count. If a research carried out at the Harvard School Of Public Health is to be believed then men should better think about the time you spend on the couch for the next football season.
The average sperm count of a healthy male is over 15 million sperms per millimeter as per WHO,2010. There are many factors which may cause the sperm count to fall below normal and thus leading to infertility problems in men. The study was conducted to basically find out if lack of physical activity in men can be a cause of lowering the sperm count.
The study was conducted on 189 men aged between 18 – 22 years old and their sperm concentration and sperm count were studied. It was found that men who watched TV for more than 20 hours a week had 44 percent lower sperm count compared to men who didn’t watch any TV. The effects of exercise on these men was also studied and the results were quite the opposite. Men who exercised for more than 15 hours a week or more had 73 percent higher sperm concentration compared to men who exercised for less than 5 hours in a week. This study though suggest a statistical significance of physical activity with sperm quality, the results are not very sure shot results.
As responsible individuals, do we need such kind of studies to get us off the couch and hit the streets or the nearest park or the gym? I am sure you can at least reduce an hour of TV watching and utilize the same time to engage in some outdoor sports or hitting the gym or simply grab a pair of sneakers and start running. Even while watching TV we tend to remain seated until our bladder is about to burst, right? Make it point to get up every 15 mins walk around a bit and spend some time watching TV standing. The best we can do at least is not to gain kilos just sitting around in front of TV and zero physical activeness.
Sedentary lifestyle is already affecting our lives with a variety of disorders and diseases. Lowering of the sperm count also seems to be a result of this kind of lifestyle. You do know that infertility problems in men are on the rise and we also hear about someone near to us going for artificial reproductive techniques.
Can prolonged TV viewing lower your sperm count ? We are not very sure of that as of now. But it’s better to be safe than sorry. Doing everything in moderation is the key. Limiting your time for viewing TV and buying more time for physical activities should take care of most of the things. What do you say?
Source: http://www.bionews.org.uk/page_252314.asp , http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-21326810