The researchers have found that poor semen quality and infertility problem in males could pose serious health risks not related to fertility.
The study was conducted by the researchers at the Stanford University.
For the study, the researchers took sperm specimens of more than 9,000 male participants suffering from infertility problems between the period 1994 and 2011.
“We found a lot of correlations between semen production and medical conditions that we never knew about,” said study lead investigator Michael Eisenberg, the male reproductive medicine and surgery director at Stanford University.
According to the researchers, the men with low sperm cell counts, bad sperm motility or other semen related problems were at higher risk of developing other serious health conditions, including high blood pressure, heart and vascular diseases, skin problems and endocrine disorders.
The study also backs the findings of many previous research works that has established the link between poor production of semen and an increased cancer risk and early death for men.
Eisenberg says fertility is a remarkable marker for general health and hence it is highly recommended for males that they should get their semen production thoroughly checked regardless of their semen and reproduction status.
Even if the study offers a link between fertility and male health, the researchers have failed to highlight why there is such a relation between the two. Moreover, it is not yet determined whether the poor semen production is the cause of severe health issues or if several untreated health issues themselves lead to infertility.
The research findings were detailed in the journal Fertility and Sterility.