Type 2 Diabetes – Blood Sugar Levels and Male Infertility
There are many reasons for preventing or controlling Type 2 diabetes, and the desire to start a family could be one of them. According to a study reported in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology Research in October 2013, diabetes could affect seminal fluid.
The study, completed at S.C. Das Memorial Medical and Research Center and KPC Medical College in Jadapur, Kokata, India, compared semen from diabetic men whose wives were unable to conceive, with that of men whose wives were pregnant. Men with Type 2 diabetes showed less ejaculate, fewer cells per ejaculate, fewer cells in motion, and fewer normal DNA molecules in their sperm cells.
From this information, it was concluded that diabetes could affect the manufacture of sperm, possibly causing infertility.
In 2009 the medical journal International Urology and Nephrology reported the results of a study carried out at Hamad General Hospital in Qatar. It included 857 men who were administered a health questionnaire…
- infertility was reported in 35.1 percent of all the men and was higher in the diabetic participants than in the nondiabetic participants.
- diabetic males who were obese or smoked had the highest prevalence of infertility.
In 2008 the journal Diabetes Education reported the results of a literature review of articles on Type 2 diabetes and testosterone, the male hormone. Researchers at Solvay Pharmaceuticals in Marietta, Georgia, United States, reviewed a total of 26 studies published between 1990 and 2007…
- all 26 found a link between low levels of testosterone and obesity and/or insulin resistance, the hallmark of Type 2 diabetes.
Genes are made up of DNA, and abnormal DNA in sperm nuclei does not allow them to transmit genetic material normally. Sperms contain a large number of mitochondria, the powerhouse of cells, to enable them to swim. Having abnormal DNA is likely to keep them from reaching ova, or egg cells.
The hormone testosterone is responsible for male sex drive and production of sperm, among other tasks. Low testosterone levels can cause low sex drive and low sperm count. Testosterone can be measured with a blood test and the hormone can be replaced, but treating the problem of Type 2 diabetes directly can prevent other diabetic complications as well.
Normalizing weight alone can often lower blood sugar levels to normal levels. and prevent the complications associated with Type 2 diabetes. See your doctor or dietitian for an eating plan high in:
- whole wheat, and
and low in:
- fat, and
Going for a walk every day or joining a gym for a program of regular physical activity will also help in lowering blood sugar and weight and improve any fertility issues.
Type 2 diabetes is not a condition you must just live with. By making simple changes to your daily routine, its possible to protect your heart, kidneys, eyes and limbs from the damage often caused by diabetes, and eliminate many of the complications you may already experience and this could include male infertility.
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