fertilityIf you’ve had a vasectomy reversal or are thinking about having the procedure, you’ll be interested to learn that it’s possible to give your fertility a boost no matter how old you are just by what you eat – at least according to the results of a new study.

The research set about to show, for the first time, that there’s an optimal balance of macronutrients needed for high levels of reproduction, which can also aid in extending lifespans. Those macronutrients are the basics we all eat – carbohydrates, proteins and fats – but unfortunately many of us eat more of one than the other and so may be harming our reproduction chances.

A team of researchers at the Charles Perkins Centre at the University of Sydney and at the ANZAC Research Institute, also in Australia, also wanted to know if there was any correlation between fertility and longevity. It had long been supposed that when resources were scarce there was some kind of trade-off between the two, resulting in one taking precedence over the other.

What they found – according to tests carried out on mice, the results of which were published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences – was that there was no such compromise, and that manipulation of diet worked to extend fertility as well as longevity.

It was found, for example, that mice put on a low-carb, high-protein diet developed increased levels of fertility, which could be of benefit to many men seeking to boost their sperm count after reversing a vasectomy. For more details on the research, visit here.

A separate study, meanwhile, has found that men who are overweight and are having a hard time trying to get their partner pregnant may want to slim down to increase their chances of success.

Researchers at Sherbrooke University in Canada studied 65 couples who had been having difficulty conceiving and discovered that after putting the men on a weekly workout and nutrition programme for a year, those who were most successful in getting their partners pregnant were those who had lost the most weight.

 

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