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Physically Active Men Produce Better Quality Semen

Update Date: Nov 01, 2012 04:42 PM EDT
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A new study suggests that men who exercise even moderately, produce better quality sperms when compared to those who are not very active physically.

The report suggests that the quality of semen has come down on an average in the last few years and this could be blamed on factors such as alcohol and tobacco consumption, etc. This in turn has led to increased reproductive problems and thus, the researchers set out to study how lifestyle affected the sperm quality in males.

According to the research by scientists from University of Cordoba, men who do moderate levels of exercise have better hormone levels and their gonads undergo healthier spermatological processes.

For the study, the researchers investigated if there was a difference in the hormonal and seminoligical profiles of those who were physically active and those who were not.

"We have analysed qualitative semen parameters like the ejaculated volume, sperm count, mobility and sperm morphology," as explained to SINC by Diana Vaamonde, researcher at the University of Cordoba and lead author of the study.

Also, the researchers evaluated was made of the follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), the luteinising hormone (LH), testosterone (T), cortisol (C) and the T/C ratio, Medical Xpress reported.

"Despite the fact that the sample population is not very big (31 men), given the complexity of the analysis, this is the first study that assessed the differences between these parameters in both populations," states the researcher.

The findings of the study revealed that those who exercised displayed better semen values.

The differences were seen specifically in the seminological parameters of total progressive velocity and morphology, in the FSH, LH and T hormones and in the T/C ratio.

"Despite that fact that more studies are needed to confirm these findings, we can suggest exercise to improve the hormonal environment and stimulate the sperm process," adds Vaamonde.

The study was published in the European Journal of Applied Physiology.

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