Male infertility can be the reason for metabolic diseases? | Munich
Infertility has become the most serious issues these days. Almost 15 per cent of couples are suffering from the pain of infertility. As we discussed it earlier those difficulties in getting pregnant may occur due to any reason and it can be linked to men or women and sometimes both. It means if a woman is not able to get pregnant after one year of regular and unprotected sex, anyone can be responsible for it. Every time infertility is not linked to women only but men is equally involved in raising fertility problems among couples. Sometimes health experts are not able to find the exact root cause of inability to get pregnant, this type of situation is known as unexplained infertility. Unexplained infertility is a condition when health experts don’t link inability to any one either men or women. Anyway, as I told you, now men are equally responsible for raising fertility problems, this is known as male infertility.
Male infertility is also rising day by day and there are several reasons for spreading infertility in men and women on double pace. According to a new study, it has been found that male infertility has become the biggest reason for increasing the risk of metabolic diseases in men as they grow old. Study found that one third of men who are going through infertility pain are at the higher risk of developing metabolic diseases. A team of Swedish researchers measured the level of sex hormones and biochemical parameters in men with fertility problems. This study is presented at the European Association of Urology conference in Munich. Researchers wrote in the study that men who are being diagnosed of infertility, shows the higher risk of signs of metabolic disease and osteoporosis. They warned that apart from increased risks of developing illnesses such as diabetes or osteoporosis, they also have lower sex hormone levels which highlight a potential link between hypogonadism and metabolic disorders.
Researchers from Sweden involved 192 men in this study who were suffering from male infertility with low sperm count (one of the biggest reason of male infertility) and compared them with 199 age-matched control groups of fertile men. They have done some tests to compare their sex hormone levels such as testosterone, bone mineral density (which indicates risk of osteoporosis) and HbA1c (a biomarker for diabetes) between the groups. This study was carried out by the team of researchers from Sweden at a reproductive medicine centre in the city of Malmo, Sweden.
Male infertility and hypogonadism
The team of researchers found that one third of men who were infertile under the age of 50, were seven times more like to show the signs of low sex hormone levels e.g. low testosterone, which is known as hypogonadism. In fact, hypogonadism is one of the reasons of infertility in men and that’s why scientists were not completely surprised. However, result of occurring hypogonadism in infertile men with low level of hormones or low testosterone, clearly showed that these are linked to develop metabolic diseases in men. They also found that infertile men who had hypogonadism were also had the lower bone mineral density which leads them to more prone to get fracture. As they will grow older, their lower level of bone density will increase the risk of developing osteoporosis. The osteoporosis is a condition which makes the bones more fragile and breaks more easily and regularly.
Male infertility and hypogonadism also leads infertile men to biochemical signs of elevated glucose (with elevated HbA1c), and greater signs of insulin resistance which indicates a tendency towards diabetes. Increased risk of diabetes may lead to develop many more diseases when they will grow older. So, study leader Dr Aleksander Giwercman said that although, infertile men can be affected by hypogonadism or it can be the reason for their infertility but if they take it in the positive way, it can be the an opportunity to predict the development of metabolic diseases, and to offer a closer follow-up to the patients. He said that we suggest to all men who are seeking treatment for their fertility problems, should check their reproductive hormones level. If you find yourself on the risk of serious diseases, you can seek the treatment after the completion of fertility treatment in order to save your life.