PES­TI­CIDES AF­FECT FER­TIL­ITY

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TRY­ING to im­prove a man’s diet could in­di­rectly re­duce his chances of start­ing a fam­ily. A study of 155 men found those who ate the most fruit and veg­eta­bles con­tain­ing high pes­ti­cide residue lev­els had a 49% lower sperm count than those who con­sumed the least. The study, in the jour­nal Hu­man Re­pro­duc­tion, found men with the high­est in­take of pes­ti­cide-heavy fruit and veg­eta­bles had a sperm count of 86 mil­lion sperm per sam­ple com­pared with

171 mil­lion for those whose con­sump­tion was low­est.

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