New statistical data shows that obesity is more prevalent in men than in women. Our medical director Dr. Heinz Strohmer emphasizes the impact on sperm quality: “current studies show that being heavily overweight has a negative impact on sperm cell concentration and morphology.”
A current survey of the Medical University Vienna addresses the topic of weight gain in the Austrian population. The most current poll from the year 2014 shows an obesity rate of 15.6% in men and 13.2% in women. The results emphasize high blood pressure and diabetes as consequences. Additionally, the Kinderwunschzentrum raises the issue of a connection between sperm quality and the resulting wish for a child.
Less sperm cells – and these are morphologically changed
The results generated by a multi-professional survey team from Taiwan showed a 31 percent higher risk of reduced sperm concentration in men with a BMI (Body Mass Index) over 25. The probability of abnormal sperm cells was 2.5 times higher in this group than in the group of men with normal weight. Higher waist and hip circumference also raises the probability of reduced sperm quality. “These parameters have a strong impact on male fertility“, says Dr. Strohmer. A European meta-analysis further confirmed the results.
An unfulfilled wish for a child is increasingly more often due to male infertility according to medical director Prof. Strohmer: „A reduced spermiogram is a common reason why a couple remains childless. This study shows again that the reasons are not always because of an illness but can rather be influenced through personal change.”
We advise our patients on their lifestyle in a structured and individual way. Prof. Strohmer explains: “Not just weight but also smoking, alcohol, nutrition and the psyche are strong influences on the achievement of pregnancy. At the start of a treatment we discuss a couple’s lifestyle and offer help on possible changes.”