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Dr. Mike Roizen
Dr. Mike Roizen is chief medical officer at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute, an award-winning author, and has been the doctor to eight Nobel Prize winners and more than 100 Fortune 500 CEOs.

Dr. Mike Roizen

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Weight Loss Increases Sperm Count

Michael Roizen, M.D. By Tuesday, 21 June 2022 12:27 PM EDT Current | Bio | Archive

Since 1980, the fertility rate for men younger than 30 has decreased by 15%. At the same time, according to a 2020 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report, the rates of obesity increased to 40.3% among men ages 20-39, 46.45% in men 40-59, and 42.25% in those ages 60 and over.

How are these stats related?

A Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health study found that obese men were 42% more likely to have a low sperm count than their normal-weight peers, and 81% more likely to produce no sperm at all.

Obese fathers-to-be looking for solutions to fertility woes can take heart from a study in the journal Human Reproduction that looked at 56 obese men ages 18-65 with a body mass index (BMI) between 32 and 43. The men lost an average of 36.4 pounds, and eight weeks after the weight loss, their sperm concentration had increased by 50%.

In addition, if the men maintained the weight loss for 52 weeks, their sperm count went up 200%. (You'll also have a healthier heart and better erections over the long term.)

The formula that gave sperm the big boost was combination of an 800-calorie-a-day diet for eight weeks followed by a yearlong regimen of medication (the glucagon-like peptide 1 analogue liraglutide) and exercise. The workouts consisted of 150 minutes per week of moderate physical activity, 75 minutes per week of vigorous exercise, or a combination of both.

If you're struggling with fertility issues, talk to your doctor about adopting this weight-loss plan.

© King Features Syndicate


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A study found that obese men were 42% more likely to have a low sperm count than their normal-weight peers, and 81% more likely to produce no sperm at all.
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Tuesday, 21 June 2022 12:27 PM
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