A Danish study examining data on male health from 1977 through 2010 establishes that low sperm count is a predictor of both cardiovascular disease and of risk of hospitalization from all causes.
Sperm count isn’t part of a standard physical exam, but perhaps it should be.
- It might provide initial evidence of disease before other symptoms become obvious.
- It might provide a better tool for insurers is estimating claims risk, allowing them to price health insurance more accurately.
Sources: Tabassam Latif, Tina Kold Jensen, Jesper Mehlsen, Stine Agergaard Holmboe, Louise Brinth, Kirsten Pors, Sven Olaf Skouby, Niels Jørgensen, Rune Lindahl-Jacobsen, “Semen quality is a predictor of subsequent morbidity. A Danish cohort study of 4,712 men with long-term follow-up,” American journal of epidemiology. 2017 May 11 [Epub ahead of print].