Sperm count drops 59% in western civilizations
Low Serum Testosterone Levels are associated with Increases in Cardiovascular Disease Biomarkers
"Interestingly, while patients with low testosterone levels were at an increased CV risk when examining all biomarkers, [many of them] exhibited a U-shaped distribution, suggesting additional CV risk at very high T levels."
American Urological Association News - November 2016
Alexander W. Pastuszak, MD, PhD, et. al
What are Infertility Treatment Center Websites Telling Couples about Male Factor Infertility?
"An estimated 80% of Americans report routinely using the Internet to search for information relating to medical diagnoses and treatments. Similar trands have certainly been noted among infertile couples."
Urology Practice Journal
Dr. Andrew K. Leung, et. al
Undergoing varicocele repair before assisted reproduction improves pregnancy rate and live birth rate in men with low count sperm and a varicocele
"Pregnancy rates were higher in the azoospermic group (OR = 2.336) and combined oligospermic/azoospermic groups (OR = 1.760). Live birth rates were higher for patients undergoing IUI after VR (OR = 8.360)"
American Society for Reproductive Medicine
E. Will Kirby, M.D, et. al
Sons born with fertility treatment 'inherit problems'
"The results are a reminder to us that ICSI is not a treatment for male infertility, but simply a way of bypassing a problem and leaving it for the next generation to deal with."
Prof Richard Sharpe, University of Edinburgh
Metabolic syndrome solution on the rise in men!
"Not all doctors agree on the definition or cause of metabolic syndrome. The cause might be insulin resistance. Insulin is a hormone your body produces to help you turn sugar from food into energy for your body. If you are insulin resistant, too much sugar builds up in your blood, setting the stage for disease."
NIH: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
Erectile Dysfunction Linked to Low Vitamin D
"Men with vitamin D deficiency—defined as a 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] level below 20 ng/mL—have a significant 30% and 80% greater prevalence of ED and severe ED, respectively, compared with men who have optimal levels (30 ng/mL or higher), after adjusting for comorbidities, lifestyle variables, and medication use, investigators reported in Atherosclerosis (2016;252:61-67). In addition, each 10 ng/mL decrease in 25(OH)D was associated with a significant 12% increased prevalence of ED."
Renal & Urology News (September 2016, Volume 15, Issue Number 7)
Jody A. Charnow, Editor