What do we know about current Men’s Health Trends?
We know that Stress levels are on the rise in recent years, definitely we are more stressed that our Fathers were when they were our age.
We know that Stress very negatively affects all aspects of our health and is reportedly responsible for 80%+ of all health issues. The following is an excerpt from Mayo Clinic’s website
COMMON EFFECTS OF STRESS:
ON YOUR BODY ON YOUR MOOD ON YOUR BEHAVIOUR
Headache Anxiety Overeating or undereating
Muscle tension or pain Restlessness Angry outbursts
Chest pain Feeling overwhelmed Drug or alcohol abuse
Fatigue Irritability or anger Tobacco use
Change in sex drive Sadness or depression Social withdrawal
Stomach upset Lack of motivation/focus Exercising less often
We also know that in Fertility issues, men are at least 50% of the problem, and Western Medicine doesn’t really appear to know how to address it.
In fact, we know that the World Health Organization semen analysis reference ranges have dropped dramatically in the last 50 years, along with men’s fertility.
WHO STANDARDS FOR MAJOR SEMEN PARAMETERS
Parameter “1980 Normal” 1987 1992 1999 2010
Semen Volume (ml) >= 2ml (2-5) same same same >=1.5
PH 7.2 – 7.8 7.2-8.0 7.2-8.0 7.2-8.0 7.2 -8.0
Total Sperm (x million) >= 20 same same same 15
Total Motility (Progressive) 50% same same same 40%
Morphology (Normal Forms) 80.5% 50% 30% 15% 4%
Vitality (Alive) >=50% same same same >=58%
We also know that the above WHO Semen Analysis Parameters do not begin to address DNA Fragmentation of the sperm, which is one of the major causes of failure to implant and early miscarriage.
However, there is hope and help in Natural Medicine. We know that with lifestyle changes, addressing our micro-nutrient deficiencies and specific Fertility targeted natural therapies we can make significant improvements to these numbers in the 100 day life cycle of sperm.