Study: a Handful of Nuts Every Day Increases Sperm Production by 16%

A new Spanish study that eating a handful of nuts, such as almonds, hazelnuts, and walnuts, improves the sperm count by 16%. Also, nuts boost sperm movements by 6%, its survival by 4% and shape by 1% that are all related to male fertility.a handful of nuts increases sperm production

For the study, a team of researchers from the University Rovira I Virgil, Tarragona, Spain, analyzed 119 healthy men aged between 18 and 35 years for 14 weeks. The results of the analysis showed that a handful of nuts on a daily basis reduces sperm’s DNA damage.

Author of the study Dr. Albert Salas-Huetos says: “Evidence is accumulating that healthy lifestyle changes such as following a healthy dietary pattern might help conception and of course, nuts are a key component of a Mediterranean healthy diet.”

The findings of the study were presented at the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology in Barcelona, Spain.

Excessive TV-watching May Raise the Risk of Colorectal Cancer in Men

A new study, published in the British Journal of Cancer, reveals that men who used to binge-watch TV-shows may have the higher risk of developing colorectal cancer.binge TV-watching leads to colorectal cancer

For their study, a team of researchers analyzed data from UK Biobank, a health database of approximately 500,000 men and women in the United Kingdom. The scientists gathered data on how many hours each subject spent in sedentary activities such as TV-watching or using a computer daily.

Having analyzed the received results, the scientists concluded that men who watched TV at least 4 hours a day had a 35% greater risk of developing colorectal cancer than men who watched TV for 1 hour a day or less. Also, the researchers found that men who were engaged in higher levels of physical activity had 23% lower risk of developing colon cancer.

Widespread Painkiller Ibuprofen May Affect Male Fertility

A new study from Denmark shows that such widespread painkiller as ibuprofen can have a significant negative effect on male fertility affecting testicular health, altering hormone production and inducing compensated hypogonadism.male fertility

For the research, the scientists recruited 31 men aged between 18 and 35 half of whom received a moderate dose (600 mg, or three tablets) of the drug daily during six weeks. The other group received placebo. Within 2 weeks, the men who were taking ibuprofen on a daily basis demonstrated an increase in luteinizing hormones.

The team writes in their paper: “It is also of concern that men with compensated hypogonadism may eventually progress to overt primary hypogonadism, which is characterized by low-circulating testosterone and prevalent symptoms including reduced libido, reduced muscle mass and strength, and depressed mood and fatigue.”

Snow Shoveling Increases the Risk of Heart Attack in Men

A new Canadian study suggests that men might be under the increased risk of heart attack after major snowstorms due to snow shoveling.snow shoveling

The scientists compared periods with and without great snowfalls and found that men were 16% more likely to have a heart attack and 34% more likely to die from the condition.

Previous studies have associated snow shoveling to the increased risk of heart attacks after snow storms. The current study provides a fresh insight into this connection having examined several decades of health data for patients hospitalized in Quebec, Canada.

Lead study Author Dr. Natalie Auger from the University of Montreal says: “We found that both the quantity and duration of snowfall were associated with an increased risk of heart attack for men but not women.”

Men Eating a Lot of Red Meat Have Higher Risk of Painful Gut Condition

According to a new study, men who eat a lot of red meat are at higher risk of the painful gut condition called diverticulitis that causes abdominal pain, nausea and constipation. This condition can lead to complications such as tears or blockages in the colon.red meat increases risk painful gut condition

The findings were published online in the journal Gut on January 9. The results were based on a long-term study that included more than 46,000 male health professionals. According to these findings, men who ate the most red meat were 58% more likely to develop diverticulitis compared to those who ate the least.

Dr Andrew Chan, a senior researcher and a gastroenterologist at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, USA, stresses on that the findings don’t prove cause-and-effect. He also added that on the other hand there are already reasons to think about cutting down on red meat. Heavy consumption has been tied to higher risks of heart disease and certain cancers, Chan pointed out.

More information about this study you can find here.