Moving the science forward on dietary patterns and male fertility

Reflections

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Volume 109, Issue 5, Page 783

Authors:

Audrey J. Gaskins, Sc.D.

Abstract:

Reflections on "Dietary patterns are positively associated with semen quality" by Efrat et al.

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Alexander Quaas 2 days ago

The topic of diet and semen analysis parameters / male fertility comes up on a daily basis for fertility providers. Many providers (myself) included recommend a healthy diet rich in antioxidants. The study by Efrat et al. demonstrates interesting associations, but does not prove (as the authors point out themselves) a causal association, or that switching from one diet to another may improve semen parameters. In your Reflections piece you point out that "it is also time to consider randomized controlled trials involving food-based interventions". How would you design such a trial, and are there any ongoing / planned trials in this context?

Thank you!