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TV kills sperm!

3 hours of TV a day could cut male fertility in half.

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Watching too much TV could as much as halve your sperm production, according to a study which measured the sperm of men between the ages of 18-22 , noting their diet, physical activity and TV viewing time, (via Jezebel.com).

Killer TV!

The author of the study noted these two damning stats:

•    Men with the highest level of physical activity had a 73 percent higher sperm count than those who had the lowest amount of physical activity
•    Men who watched more than 20 hours of TV a week had a 44 percent lower sperm count

Dr. Jorge Chavarro has a theory behind the sperm production drop-off: He reckons that it’s related to “oxidative stress”- this from various chemical reactions which the body goes through to generate oxygen, and that the oxygen levels generated may damage spermatozoa (and therefore, sperm). Higher physical activity equates to lower oxidative stress, and lower activity to higher stress.

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Of course, getting out and about is bound to help with not only sperm production, but general wellbeing, too. Given that other factors such as obesity can affect fertility, some exercise can only help, right?

Read more about sperm and fertility:

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