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Sit­ting in front of the box has been blamed for an­other ail­ment. It seems men who watch more than 20 hours of TV a week have al­most half the sperm count of those who watch hardly any, re­searchers from Har­vard Univer­sity have found.

How­ever, if some ex­er­cise is thrown into the mix, the sperm counts ap­pear to im­prove. Men tak­ing part in the re­search who clocked up 15 or more hours of mod­er­ate to vig­or­ous ex­er­cise ev­ery week were found to have sperm counts that were 73 per cent higher than the least phys­i­cally ac­tive study par­tic­i­pants.

The study also found those who watched the most TV (more than 20 hours a week) had a 44 per cent lower sperm count than those who watched the least. Time spent in front of the box, how­ever, had no im­pact on sperm motil­ity, shape or vol­ume.

In­ter­est­ingly, men who did reg­u­lar ex­er­cise but also watched a lot of TV recorded lower sperm counts than those who avoid spend­ing hours with the re­mote in hand.

This re­search adds fuel to fears that sperm counts and qual­ity world­wide are de­te­ri­o­rat­ing. A French study of 26,000 men, con­ducted be­tween 1989 and 2005, found that av­er­age sperm counts fell by a third from Provence to Paris and ev­ery­where in be­tween.

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