Extra TV watching linked to decrease sperm rely


Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston have found that men who watch 20 or more hours of TV a week can actually turn their powerful « little swimmers » into lazy couch potatoes.

The study found that avid viewers have half the sperm count, compared to men who watch little or no TV.

The study asked 189 men aged 18 to 22 about their exercise, diet and TV habits and measured their responses against their semen samples.

The results showed that the highest quarter of viewers (i.e. those who consumed 20 hours or more of the boob tube) had 44% lower sperm counts than those who barely watched. television. Previous studies support the claim that a sedentary lifestyle actually heats up the scrotum and affects semen concentrations by stifling oxygen compounds and degrading sperm.

« We were fortunate to examine a range of physical activities more relevant to men in the general population, » said Jorge Charravo, assistant professor of nutrition and epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health and co-author of the study.

It was also found that men who exercised moderately to vigorously, for 15 hours or more each week, boasted a 73% higher sperm count than those who exercised less. five hours a week. However, even among men who watched television and exercised infrequently, none of the sperm levels were so low that infertility was a problem.

Source: Radio Canada


Emilie Lockhart

Emily Lockhart is a certified yoga instructor and personal trainer. She believes that being healthy is a lifestyle choice, not a punishment or a temporary fix for achieving a fitness or body image goal. Anna helps her clients take responsibility for their own health and well-being through her classes and articles on ActiveBeat.

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