Natural population control?

Is nature trying to stem the surge in human population? Or is this a result of unhealthy and unnatural life styles?

Stuff:  Sperm count falling sharply in developed world, researchers say

Sperm counts in men from New Zealand, America, Europe and Australia have dropped by more than 50 per cent in less than 40 years, researchers say.

They also said the rate of decline is not slowing. Both findings – in a meta-analysis bringing together various studies – pointed to a potential decline in male health and fertility.

“This study is an urgent wake-up call for researchers and health authorities around the world to investigate the causes of the sharp ongoing drop in sperm count,” said Hagai Levine, who co-led the work at the Hebrew University-Hadassah Braun School of Public Health and Community Medicine in Jerusalem.


Working with a team of researchers in the United States, Brazil, Denmark, Israel and Spain, Levine screened and brought together the findings of 185 sperm count studies from 1973 to 2011 and then conducted a so-called meta-regression analysis.

The results, published in the journal Human Reproduction Update, showed a 52.4 per cent decline in sperm concentration and a 59.3 per cent decline in total sperm count among North American, European, Australian and New Zealand men.

The analysis did not explore reasons for the decline, but researchers said falling sperm counts have previously been linked to various factors such as exposure to certain chemicals and pesticides, smoking, stress and obesity.

This suggests measures of sperm quality may reflect the impact of modern living on male health and act as a “canary in the coal mine” signalling broader health risks, they said.

Studies have reported declines in sperm count since the early 1990s, but many of those have been questioned because they did not account for potentially major confounding factors such as age, sexual activity and the types of men involved.

It could be natural selection.

But there is no evidence it isn’t by intelligent design.

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  1. Patzcuaro

     /  26th July 2017

    Or it could be an act of God.

  2. Corky

     /  26th July 2017

    Its just a simple case of diet deficiencies, and chemical poisoning from everyday items we use.

    Relate to this topic are young boys with enlarged breasts and girls starting their periods at 9 years of age.

  3. Alan Wilkinson

     /  26th July 2017

    I thought it was just me getting old?

  4. MaureenW

     /  26th July 2017


  5. NOEL

     /  26th July 2017

    Meta-regression: limitations
    • Observational, exploratory technique: hypothesis
    generating rather than confirmatory
    • Usually few studies therefore low power
    • Less precise than looking at predictors at an
    individual subject level
    • Potential for data dredging.


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