Meat intake and reproductive parameters among young men.

A high red meat diet is associated with a low total sperm count and ejaculate volume.

This study was carried out to determine the effect of high meat consumption on reproductive health in males. Using validated food frequency questionnaires, researchers collated and examined the meat intakes of 189 men within the age bracket of 18-22 years. The total sperm count and ejaculate volume of each participant in this study were also assessed.

Researchers observed that frequent consumers of processed red meat had low total sperm count and ejaculate volume. According to this study, the inverse relationship between total sperm count and processed red meat intake was strongest in men with abstinence time of less than 2days. The findings of this study reveal that increased consumption of red and processed meats may have negative effects on male reproductive health.

Research Summary Information

  • 2014
  • Afeiche MC, Williams PL, Gaskins AJ, Mendiola J, Jørgensen N, Swan SH, Chavarro JE.
  • Department of Nutrition, b Department of Biostatistics, and c Department of Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA; d Division of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, University of Murcia School of Medicine, Murcia, Spain; e University Department of Growth and Reproduction, University of Copenhagen, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, Denmark; f Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, School of Medicine, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY; g Department of Preventive Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY; and h Channing Division of Network Medicine, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA.
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  • Source of funding disclosure found
  • European Union Seventh Framework Program (Environment), “Developmental Effects of Environment on Reproductive Health” (DEER) grant 212844. Grant P30 DK046200 and Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award T32 DK007703-16 from the National Institutes of Health.
  • No potential conflicts disclosure found
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