Men: You are killing your sperm with all that TV you watch
A new study by the British Journal of Sports Medicine found that couch potatoes who watch more than 20 hours of TV a week have a 44 percent lower sperm count than guys who watch less than that. The study of 189 men between 18 and 22 also found that those with the highest sperm counts were also the most active, exercising more than 15 hours a week (nope, snack runs don’t count). What’s more, hitting the gym after hours spent in front of the tube doesn’t help — all that inactive watching has already done the damage.
It All Makes Sense now
I have to start watching TV – it’ll cut my night stand napkin bill down significantly. I exercise more than 15 hours a week and don’t watch TV. At first I thought it was the excessive amounts of zinc and magnesium I get in my diet and the fact that asparagus has been on sale but no. It’s just me.
Can anyone recommend tv shows for me to watch ?
Seriously Now some facts:
- A sedentary lifestyle can have a major impact on a man’s ability to reproduce, the research found.
- And while regular, vigorous exercise was shown to boost sperm count, excessive television-watching can counteract the positive effects of physical activity.
- Other factors assessed included medical or reproductive health problems, diet, stress levels and smoking.
The study has bolstered concerns that sperm counts and quality in the Western world have deteriorated over the past few decades. In December, the world’s largest investigation into this area found quality and concentration had fallen sharply. Between 1989 and 2005, average sperm counts fell by a third according to analysis of 26,000 men. A worldwide drop in sperm count levels has also been accompanied by a rise in testicular cancer – rates have doubled in the last 30 years – and in other male sexual disorders such as undescended testes.
it is clear to me that there is something going on. I think we are beginning to see a lot of the ramifications of the consumption of processed and mass produced foods. We are also seeing the effects of many pollutants in our environment/drinkin water.etc
I have some thoughts about this and would be happy to share if someone is interested?
- Sperm Count Affected by Level of Physical Activity (scienceworldreport.com)
- More TV, less exercise lead to lower sperm counts (chron.com)
- Highest Sperm Count Favors Athletes Over Couch Potatoes, Harvard University Study (biospace.com)
- TV Bad, Exercise Good for Sperm Count in Young Men (news.health.com)
- Too much TV could damage sperm production (wtkr.com)