Infertile men 'at greater risk of heart disease and diabetes'

15 December 2015

Men are more susceptible to heart disease and type 2 diabetes if they are infertile, a new study has found.

According to research by Stanford School of Medicine, rates of these conditions are much higher among infertile men, even when factors such as smoking and obesity are taken into account.

Dr Michael Eisenberg, lead author of the study, has admitted he is surprised by the findings, especially as many of the participants in the test were young men.

"The average age was in the 30s," he commented.

Researchers speculated that low testosterone could be a contributor to this trend, as it has been linked with increased rates of heart disease in the past.

Dr Eisenberg added that if scientists can identify why this is happening, it could be possible to target interventions to lower risks of these diseases.

"I think it's important to know that sperm counts and fertility may tell a little more than just about reproductive potential," he said. "There may be some other aspects that men could be alerted to about overall health."

Posted by Edward Bartel

 

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