Men who watch more than 20 hours of television each week have a 44 percent lower sperm count than men who watch less TV, a new study from the Harvard School of Public Health has found. More from NBC News:
Twenty-plus hours per week? Who has so much free time they can devote such a fat chunk of their lives to clicker-clutching couch vegging? Apparently, many of us, said Jorge Chavarro, senior author of the study and assistant professor of nutrition and epidemiology at Harvard.
"It's not difficult to imagine. That's about three hours a day," Chavarro said. "Let's say somebody comes home from work at 7 and turns on the TV; they only need to watch TV until the evening news and they've watched three hours."
Starting in the 1990s, studies have suggested a reduction in sperm counts among men in various cities, including in Europe and the United States. It's become more clear in the past six years.
"Most people have speculated these are due to higher use of environmental chemicals," Chavarro said.
"One of the things that has been overlooked during same six-year period: there also have been vast changes in how people live their lives, including how people eat, watch television, move around – whether they are active or not. Relatively little attention has been paid to these factors (when it comes to sperm counts). We wanted to look at that."
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