Male infertility linked to premature death

Men who are infertile because of semen abnormalities may have an increased risk of premature death, according to new research.

The study examined medical records of around 12,000 men aged 20 to 50 who had visited one of two clinics to be checked for possible infertility. Researchers found men who had two or more defects with their semen had double the chances of dying over an eight year period following their first fertility examination, compared to men with no abnormalities.

Lead researcher Michael Eisenberg said smoking and diabetes also doubles the mortality rate, but that these get much more attention than infertility.

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