The daily newspaper wrote in November about a new study From israel which brings bad news to men all over the world.
In an interview with Times of Israel Hagai Levine, one of the researchers behind the study, comes up with a grim prediction — and a warning to the whole world.
Together with Professor Shana Swan at the Icahn School of Medicine in New York, he discovered that worldwide sperm quality has declined by up to 62 percent since 1973.
Now Levine is sounding the alarm regarding both male fertility and men’s overall health—not least our overall survival.
Low sperm quality is associated with an increased risk of chronic disease, testicular cancer, and a shorter life span.
– We should be both surprised and concerned about these results, says Professor Hagai Levin, according to The Times of Israel.
Five years ago, Levine made headlines with a similar study that sounded the alarm about sperm quality in Western men.
decreased by 62 percent
The new study is more comprehensive: This time the researchers looked at sperm counts from 1973 to 2018, looking at a total of 53 countries around the world.
When the researchers began to compare materials from 1973 to now, they discovered something frightening:
The number of sperm cells present in the average ejaculate decreased by 62 percent. According to the researchers, the sperm concentration per milliliter decreased by 52 percent, and is now around 50 million.
Fortunately, it is above the World Health Organization’s limit for low sperm concentration, which is 15 million per milliliter.
– It can threaten humanity
If sperm quality continues to decline as quickly as it is now, Levine fears the average man will have 15 million in just a decade.
– We have a serious problem. If we don’t find a solution, it could threaten the survival of humanity, says the professor – and asks the world to take action by curbing behavior that could threaten reproduction.
Although this study does not delve into the causes of low sperm counts, other researchers have linked this trend to, among other things, obesity, a sedentary lifestyle, smoking, and exposure to chemicals.
Read more about the study here: Men warn: – Terrible news.
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