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Video: Infertile Men May Have A High Risk Of Early Death
Infertile men may have a high risk of early death
15% of infertile men have an average life expectancy of only 48.8 years, according to a new Danish study. We are talking about people with a certain type of infertility - azoospermia, that is, the absence of live sperm in the ejaculate.
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15% of infertile men have an average life expectancy of only 48.8 years, according to a new Danish study. We are talking about people with a certain type of infertility - azoospermia, that is, the absence of live sperm in the ejaculate. Scientists reported their results at a conference of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, held this week in Denver.
Scientists analyzed data from 50,000 Danes collected from 2006 to 2015. The study's lead author, Dr. Clara Helene Glazer from Copenhagen, says she was stunned to see that men with azoospermia have such a higher risk of death compared to men with other causes of infertility.
This could be due to genetic factors, Glazer said, but further research is needed to confirm this. In addition, her previous studies have shown that men with azoospermia have an increased risk of heart disease and diabetes.
Azoospermia affects about 1% of all men. Azoospermia is obstructive and non-obstructive. The cause of obstructive azoospermia lies in the anatomical features that prevent sperm from entering the seminal fluid. Non-obstructive azoospermia is usually caused by a genetic disorder associated with the testes.
Azoospermia is determined only by laboratory. Usually men who have not tried to have children are not aware of this problem.
The study found that men with azoospermia are twice as likely to die from cancer or cardiovascular disease. At the same time, men with oligospermia (insufficient sperm count in semen) did not have an increased risk of death. This is the novelty of the study, since all types of male infertility were previously considered together.
In addition, according to Glazer, previous research tended to focus on the health effects of female infertility, and much less attention was paid to the effects of different types of male infertility. The results of this Danish study indicate the need for further research on the effects of azoospermia and male infertility in general on health.