Watch out! Men who like to eat meat are at risk of experiencing infertility

Suara.com – For men who like to eat meat, you should now start to be vigilant and reduce their intake. A study revealed that men who like to eat meat are at high risk of experiencing infertility or infertility.

Research conducted at the University of Worcester, found a high-protein diet lowered men’s testosterone by 37 percent. For the average male, this will lead to medically low testosterone (hypogonadism), experts say.

According to the NY Post, lead researcher Joe Whittaker, a nutritionist, low testosterone levels lead to low sperm count, which is a major determinant of male fertility.

“In our study, high-protein diets led to low testosterone, so it’s very likely they also cause low sperm counts, which reduces male fertility.”

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Meat illustration (pexels.com) / Rachel Claire.
Meat illustration (pexels.com) / Rachel Claire.

Low testosterone is also linked to chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s. The paper, published in the academic journal Nutrition and Health, describes the effect as “protein poisoning,” which is when the breakdown of protein into ammonia becomes toxic.

This suggests that the body may be too busy repairing protein poisoning to suppress testosterone production.

Mr Whittaker said: “It will take one to two weeks to notice the first signs of protein poisoning such as nausea, diarrhea and low testosterone (including associated symptoms such as low sex drive).”

For the research, Mr. Whittaker and colleagues compiled the results of 27 studies, involving 309 men.

It was found that a high protein diet, which tends to be low in carbohydrates as a compromise, consistently affects testosterone and increases cortisol.

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A high-protein diet is a diet in which 35 percent of the calories come from protein, such as meat, fish, eggs, dairy, nuts, and beans.