Sugar-sweetened beverage in relation to semen quality and reproductive hormone levels in young men.

Higher intake of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB) is associated with low progressive sperm motility in skinny men.

This study investigated the relationship between the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB) and semen quality and reproductive hormone levels. Using validated dietary questionnaires, researchers examined the SSB intake of 189 young men between the ages of 18-22 recruited from the Rochester Young Men’s Study. Relevant reproductive hormones and semen quality parameters, such as sperm motility, concentration, and morphology were measured in all the subjects.

Researchers observed a decrease in sperm motility in skinny subjects, but not in overweight and obsess male subjects, who regularly drank large amounts of SSB. Conversely, high intake of SSB had little or no effect on reproductive hormone levels and other semen parameters. Skinny men who consumed the greatest amounts of SSB were found to have 9.8 percentage unit lower progressive sperm motility than those who seldomly or did not drink SSB. The results of this study show that high intake of SSB may decrease sperm motility and semen quality in lean men.

Research Summary Information

  • 2014
  • Chiu YH, Afeiche MC, Gaskins AJ, Williams PL, Mendiola J, Jørgensen N, Swan SH, Chavarro JE.
  • Department of Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA 02115, USA Department of Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA 02115, USA Department of Biostatistics, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA 02115, USA Division of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, University of Murcia School of Medicine, Murcia 30100, Spain University Department of Growth and Reproduction, University of Copenhagen, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen DK-2100, Denmark Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, School of Medicine, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY 14642, USA Department of Preventive Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY 10029, USA Channing Division of Network Medicine, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 02115, USA Correspondence address. 665 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115, USA. Tel: +Phone: 1-617-432-4584; Fax: +1-617-432-2435; E-mail: ude.dravrah.hpsh@rravahcj
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  • Source of funding disclosure found
  • Supported by the 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 and T32HD060454 from the National Institutes of Health.
  • No potential conflicts disclosure found
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