A recent study published in the journal Fertility and Sterility, the insight to a man’s health may be in the semen produced by him.
“A man’s health is strongly correlated with his semen quality,” said Michael Eisenberg, MD who is a professor of urology at the Stanford University in California and the lead of author of the study.
For the study, a cohort of 9387 people was conducted from the year 1994 till 2011. The volunteers had a mean age of 38. The results showed that almost 44% of the participants had diagnosis of one disease, which was completely unrelated to their infertility.
“About 15 percent of all couples have fertility issues, and in half of those cases the male partner has semen deficiencies,” said Eisenberg. “We should be paying more attention to these millions of men. Infertility is a warning: Problems with reproduction may mean problems with overall health.”
The probability of having defective semen was higher amongst people who had some medical condition related but not limited to the endocrine, genitourinary, cardiovascular and dermatologic conditions.
“Given the high incidence of infertility, we need to take a broader view. As we treat men’s infertility, we should also assess their overall health. That visit to a fertility clinic represents a big opportunity to improve their treatment for other conditions, which we now suspect could actually help resolve the infertility they came in for in the first place.”
The author believes that resolving underlying issues that have not yet manifested overtly should be addressed in order to treat the issue of sterility, which might be an indicator of the underlying pathology.
Since there has not been a study that deals with this particular study, Eisenberg believes that there would be huge benefit to look into other studies further to establish the relationship between the wide array of diseases that could be causing this. “To the best of my knowledge, there’s never been a study showing this association before,” Dr Eisenberg said in the news release. “There are a lot of men who have hypertension, so understanding that correlation is of huge interest to us.”