How semen quality is a mirror of general health

It's linked to metabolic alterations, cardiovascular risk and low bone mass

A man's sperm count is a marker of his general health, according to the largest study of semen quality, reproductive function and metabolic risk in men referred for fertility evaluation.

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The study of 5177 men found those with a low sperm count were 20% more likely than those with a normal count to have greater body fat (both BMI and abdominal adiposity), higher blood pressure and LDL cholesterol and lower HDL cholesterol.

They also had a higher frequency of metabolic syndrome and were much more likely to have low testosterone.

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