Addiction to TV may halt sperm production by 35%

New Delhi: Bingeing on TV for more than 20 hours a week is linked with reduction in sperm count by 35% as per the study published in American Journal of Epidemiology, watching TV for more than 5 hours a day showed significant drop in the levels of sperm count and testosterone levels in the body.

On thecontrary working in front of the computer did not affect the levels oftestosterone or sperm count or had any other adverse effect. ​The reasonmay be linked to the fact that those who watch too much TV are less likely toexercise or eat healthy, the essential habits for maintaining fertility. 

Watchingexcess TV is also attributable to eating high calorie junk food and laziness.Moreover canned or packaged foods, high fat cheese products contain acidicadditives that alter the pH level of the body. Along with the sedentarylifestyle, the chemical additives and acidic nature either harms the motilityand shape of the sperm cells or lead to its death. Bisphenol A (BPA) is linkedto lowering the semen quality and binge eating in front of TV are at a fourtimes the risk of lowering the sperm count, motility and concentration says DrSagarika Aggarwal, IVF Expert, Indira IVF hospital, New Delhi.​

According tothe study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, spermsamples collected from 200 students all aged between 18 – 22 years for labanalysis showed a link between sedentary lifestyle and low spermcount. Binge-watchers had average sperm counts of 37 Mn per mL, ascompared to 52 Mn per mL among those who hardly spend time in front of the TV.TV addicts were found to have 38% lower sperm count than those who had lesssedentary lifestyle. Moreover the study showed a link between developing riskof dying from blood clot in the lungs due to fatal pulmonary embolism wasraised by 45% with every hour of additional watching per day. 

Though manystudies suggest that 18 hours of average exercise a week could boost spermquality, excess to that can still degrade its quality. Physically active menwith atleast 15 hours of moderate exercising or playing sports had sperm countsaround 3/4th higher than those who were physically inactive​ ​added SwatiMothe, Hyderabad based IVF Expert​.​

Sitting forhours together in front of the TV may be associated with warming lap. Spermprefers cool conditions than the body temperature for sperm production and thehotter conditions may halt it. Over exercising and binge watching bothstimulate the generation of  free radicals in the body that leads to celldeath and sperm being a cell also has 90% chances to die and significantlyaffect the reproductive health. It is advisable to do everything in moderation– be it the time spent in the gym or watching TV.

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