Click here to learn about how the characteristics of Blue Zones, the regions where people live the longest, affect male fertility.
Blue Zones are the five regions of the world where people live the longest: Okinawa, Japan; Sardinia, Italy; Nicoya, Costa Rica; Ikaria, Greece, and Loma Linda, California. All of these regions share nine characteristics, identified by Dan Buettner and his team of researchers. The nine characteristics are:
1. None of the longest-living people force movement and instead follow a way of life that requires natural movement through daily activities like daily gardening.
2. All of them have a clear-cut purpose, a reason to wake up every morning.
3. Although everyone experiences stress, many of the world’s longest-lived people follow routines to better cope and shed stress.
4. People in the blue zones follow the 80% rule, where they stop eating when their stomachs are 80% full. This maintains a healthy balance between gaining and losing weight.
5. Beans are the most fundamental food in their diets and meat, mostly pork, is eaten only about five times per month.
6. People in all blue zones drink moderately, consuming 1-2 glasses per day.
7. All but five of the 263 centenarians in the study belonged to a faith-based community, with denomination making no difference.
8. All longest-lived people put their families first, keeping parents and grandparents close by. They all committed to a partner and put effort into parenting their children through time and affection.
9. Uniformity in all of their respective communities helped all of the centenarians maintain their way of life. Characteristics like smoking and obesity are contagious, so having communities with clearly defined habits is fundamental.
Many of these characteristics also have associations with male fertility. For example, following a predominantly vegetarian diet, consuming meat only a few times a week has been associated with decreased sperm concentration and motility. That being said, following a high-fat and carbohydrate Western diet is also associated with increased fertility. It's important to discuss with your medical provider a diet and plan related to fertility.
Other lifestyle choices have also been shown to affect male fertility. For example, obesity, which is rare in centenarians, is shown to reduce semen quality. In fact, a three-unit increase in BMI is associated with infertility. A similar relationship also exists between obesity and erectile dysfunction. Following a balanced diet with a physically active lifestyle is beneficial to both your overall and reproductive health, as exhibited by the residents of the Blue Zones.
All of these characteristics come back to balance –everything in moderation. Similar to living longer, making choices that keep your body at its healthiest also keeps your reproductive system healthy, improving the quality of your sperm.
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