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FER­TIL­ITY WRECK­ERS

- Health · Lifestyle · Healthy Living · Healthy Food · Men's Health · Sheffield

as male fer­til­ity rates de­cline, we look at the po­ten­tial causes. This week: Pes­ti­cides on fruit and veg TRY­ING to im­prove a man’s diet could in­di­rectly re­duce his fam­ily chances.

A study of 155 men found that those who ate the most fruit and veg­eta­bles con­tain­ing high pes­ti­cide residue lev­els had a 49 per cent lower sperm count than those who con­sumed the least.

The study, pub­lished two years ago in the jour­nal Hu­man Re­pro­duc­tion, found that men with the high­est in­take of pes­ti­cide-heavy fruit and veg­eta­bles — at least 1.5 serv­ings per day — had an av­er­age to­tal sperm count of 86 mil­lion sperm per sam­ple com­pared with 171 mil­lion for those whose con­sump­tion was low­est. ‘I don’t think there is any risk from the oc­ca­sional un­washed ap­ple,’ says Al­lan Pacey, a pro­fes­sor of an­drol­ogy at Sh­effield Univer­sity. ‘Over­all, stud­ies of pes­ti­cide ex­po­sure strug­gle to find a re­la­tion­ship with male in­fer­til­ity. All the ev­i­dence in­di­cates that men who eat five por­tions of fruit and veg­eta­bles a day have bet­ter sperm.’

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