Aluminum Linked to Infertility in Men

A recent study conducted in collaboration with scientists from the U.K. and France has shown a link between aluminum in the body and reduced sperm count in males. The research results were published in the medical journal “Reproductive Toxicology,” in their October 2014 issue.

Researchers J.P. Klein (Université de Lyon), M. Mold (The Birchall Centre), L. Mery (Université de Lyon), M. Cottier (Université de Lyon), and C. Exley (The Birchall Centre), studied the sperm count of 62 male patients. All of the patients’ sperm contained evidence of the presence of aluminum. Patients with lower sperm count had significantly higher levels of aluminum. The higher the amount of aluminum, the lower the number of sperm in the sample.

Researchers concluded that aluminum acts as an endocrine disruptor. The presence of aluminum is a contributing factor in reduced reproductive fertility in men, as evidenced in recent years.

What is the endocrine system?

The endocrine system is comprised of glands and organs in your body that release hormones into your blood stream. Some of the glands and organs in the endocrine system include the pineal gland, testes, ovaries, thyroid gland and adrenal glands.

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