According to a study conducted by US fertility clinic found eating habit of high saturated fat not only bad for waistlines but also make a negative impact below the waist. High fatty food will impact on body to produce low sperm count. This new study published in the journal Human Reproduction.
Researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School collected semen samples from 99 mostly overweight or obese men and assessed their diets. Researchers found that eating habits of a lot of saturated fat was linked with a lower total sperm count and concentration. In the other hand that people having a habit of taking diets high in omega-3 which is polyunsaturated fats, were associated with better-quality semen, meaning the sperm cells were of a better size and shape. This type of fat is in fact commonly found in cold water fish such as mackerel, salmon, sardines and tuna, and also in flaxseeds, walnuts and soybeans.
omega-3 fatty acids which is polyunsaturated fats are not only linked with seamen it also linked to protective benefits to the brain, such as reduced likelihood for Alzheimer’s and dementia
The study’s lead author, Dr. Jill Attaman, now a reproductive endocrinologist at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center said, “There are few clearly identifiable lifestyle modifications that can be made to optimize natural fertility, especially for males,” Attaman told “This is the first report of a relation between specific dietary fats and semen quality.”
“The study explores an inadequately studied field in andrology and suggests associations between dietary habits and sperm parameters among subfertile, mostly overweight men,” said Dr. Tamer Yalcinkaya, associate professor and section head of reproductive endocrinology and infertility at Wake Forest University School of Medicine.
“The magnitude of the association is quite dramatic and provides further support for the health efforts to limit consumption of saturated fat given their relation with other health outcomes such as cardiovascular disease,” study author Dr. Jill Attaman, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Dartmouth Medical School, said in a written statement.
“Maintaining a healthy, well-balanced diet will be the key to optimizing sperm parameters,” said Dr. John Petrozza, director of the MGH Fertility Center, a center involved in the study. “The concept of omega-3 fatty acids will be the key, since it has been well established as an important cell membrane stabilizer.”
“We have been discussing diet with our female patients for quite a while,” said Dr. Alan Penzias, associate professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive biology at Harvard Medical School. Researchers at Harvard Medical School were also involved with the study, though Penzias was not. “This evidence is entirely plausible and affords us the opportunity to expand the discussion to the male partners of our female patients.”
Sperm count is not only depends on dietary habits it also effect through Heavy use of tobacco, drugs, and alcohol.