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Obese men at greater risk for infertility

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Thursday, March 15, 2012 | 0 comments

Stock photo: Big man in the green - by mgelinskiCompared with men of normal weight, overweight and obese men were more likely to have low sperm count, or not have any viable sperm, researchers in France found.

"These data strongly suggest that excess body weight affects sperm production," the researchers wrote in their conclusion.

They found that among men who were normal weight, 24 percent had a low sperm count and 2.6 percent had no viable sperm. Among the overweight men, 25.6 percent had a low sperm count and 4.7 percent had no viable sperm. Of the men who were obese, 32.4 percent had a low sperm count and 6.9 percent had no viable sperm.

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