26 Julio 2017 16:21
Sperm depletion is yet another threat we face...It’s not only megalomaniac men in political power - think Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump - who are threatening our everyday existence, so are regular men too (sorry, guys). Depletion of sperm counts among Western men has meant that human extinction could be a real possibility. Swimmer deposits have plunged, quite literally, by nearly 60 per cent in just 40 years.
New research published in the Human Reproduction Update shows that, once again, the world’s fate lies in the hands (and genitals) of men. Researchers assessed the meta-data of nearly 200 studies into sperm counts from around the world, and the results aren’t pretty.They found that men from North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand have seen their sperm quality deteriorate at an alarming rate. Men from these regions saw a 52 percent decline in sperm concentration, and a 59 percent decline in sperm count.
[caption id="attachment_5562" align="aligncenter" width="455"] (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)[/caption]Although no direct causes have been identified, the problem is linked to pesticides, hormone-disrupting chemicals, diet, stress, smoking and obesity, as well as diseases like testicular cancer. Basically, the West’s over-consumption and production of, well, everything, is killing those all-important baby-makers. Who knew we’d care so much about sperm one day? Speaking to the BBC, lead researcher Dr. Hagai Levine expressed alarm that the human race might become extinct if the trend continued. ‘If we will not change the ways that we are living and the environment and the chemicals that we are exposed to, I am very worried about what will happen in the future,’ he said. The paper claims a diet high in alcohol, caffeine, processed meat, soy, sun, and potatoes may have an adverse effect on male fertility. So, all the finer things in life. But, really, would life even be worth living if you couldn’t enjoy these ‘vices’? We’re all apparently heading for destruction anyway, so maybe we should just enjoy the ride while it lasts.