CARO News

CARO News Subscription

If you want to subscribe to receive important news & updates about testing and how we are working with you to make the world safer and healthier, please submit the form below.

Cart

Online Product Categories

CARO News Categories

Chemical Exposure Leading To Staggering Sperm Count Declines

Posted on July 26, 2017

Chemical exposure of known and new chemicals released into the environment continue to be an ongoing concern for health officials as we learn more about the impacts of these chemicals on human health.  Each year, CARO tests more fruits, vegetables and honey for chemical residues than any other laboratory in Canada which has made us very passionate about our industry and the world around us. Of special interest to our team at CARO is a very recent independent scientific study out of Oxford that had staggering findings with respect to male reproductive health:

“This rigorous and comprehensive analysis finds that sperm count declined 52.4% between 1973 and 2011 among unselected men from Western countries, with no evidence of a ‘leveling off’ in recent years… the causes of the observed declines, sperm count has been plausibly associated with multiple environmental and lifestyle influences, both prenatally and in adult life. In particular, endocrine disruption from chemical exposures or maternal smoking during critical windows of male reproductive development may play a role in prenatal life, while lifestyle changes and exposure to pesticides may play a role in adult life. Thus, a decline in sperm count might be considered as a ‘canary in the coal mine’ for male health across the lifespan. Research on causes and implications of this decline is urgently needed.

The full study can be found here: https://academic.oup.com/humupd/article-lookup/doi/10.1093/humupd/dmx022

As a Canadian based laboratory, we found it very interesting that the study found sperm counts of men in Asia, Africa and South America did not see the same decline, suggesting to researchers that the reason for the steep decline in western-world fertility are environmental factors specific to life in the western world.  CARO has been testing chemicals for 30 years and in addition the thousands of chemicals we currently test for, we have one of the largest lists of pesticide analysis of any laboratory in Canada.   Along with pesticides, there are many other chemicals that are potential environmental sources of contamination and contributing to this critical area of health research needed.

Please contact us to discuss how to partner on your critical testing project so we can help make you and others safer and healthier by the testing services we do.


Share This Via: Facebook Tweet LinkedIn Google Plus Share via Email

 

Richmond, British Columbia

#110 – 4011 Viking Way
Richmond, BC, V6V 2K9, Canada
Phone: (604) 279-1499
Fax: (604) 279-1599
Email: Richmond@caro.ca
After Hours Emergency: 1 (888) 311-8849

 

Kelowna, British Columbia

#102 – 3677 Highway 97N
Kelowna, BC, V1X 5C3, Canada
Phone: (250) 765-9646
Toll Free: 1 (888) 311-8846
Fax: (250) 765-3893
Email: Kelowna@caro.ca
After Hours Emergency: 1 (888) 311-8849

COntact Us






 

Edmonton, Alberta

17225 109 Ave NW
Edmonton, AB, T5S 1H7, Canada
Phone: (780) 489-9100
Fax: (780) 489-9700
Email: Edmonton@caro.ca
After Hours Emergency: 1 (888) 311-8849

 

Whitehorse, Yukon

Whitehorse, YK  Canada
Contact Us for Supplies and Deliveries
Toll Free: 1 (888) 311-8846
Email: bshaw@caro.ca
After Hours Emergency: 1 (888) 311-8849

CARING ABOUT RESULTS, OBVIOUSLY.