As more is understood about epigenetics, the importance of men’s health prior to conception is now undeniable. Research has shown that Men’s health influences their sperm quality and the health of their future children, and interestingly the health of their children’s children. It’s even been noted that it can influence the baby’s health in utero.
To add to this, there is research showing there is currently a global decline in sperm health by 50% across Europe, America, Australia, and New Zealand, affecting fertility worldwide. So it’s time for men to start some self care, to look into what they may be doing that is affecting their sperm health and start making changes. Lifestyle and diet changes that a naturopath, nutritionist and or integrated health practitioner can advise on can help make healthier babies and should be part of everyone’s plans when thinking about having a baby.
|Exposure||Increased risk in offspring:|
|Folate deficiency||birth defects in offspring.|
|Obesity||obesity, insulin resistance and sub- fertility in offspring|
|Smoking||congenital malformations, childhood cancer risks and obesity in offspring.|
|Alcohol||heart defects, hyperactivity and poor cognitive ability in offspring.|
|Endocrine disrupting chemicals||preeclampsia in the carrying mother, preterm birth and testicular malformations in male babies and PCOS and endometriosis in female babies|
|Age 40+||schizophrenia, autism, birth defects in offspring.|
For a comprehensive preconception plan designed specifically for you and your partner come in and see me at Merge Health.
By Samantha Van Dort