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Dads’ health is important too.

Fertility issues affect around 1 in 7 couples in the UK. Around a third of cases are likely to be caused by male factors. Semen analysis is generally used to assess sperm motility (movement) and sperm count. It has been recognised that sperm motility is declining worldwide and this may be related to increased prevalence of metabolic diseases such as diabetes and obesity. However, the links between sperm function, and men’s metabolic health are not clearly understood.

This project aims to assess the relationship between sperm motility and short-term and long-term glucose concentrations (measured using plasma glucose concentrations and HbA1c) in men under investigation for fertility.

The GIFT study is now closed to recruitment and the results are being analysed. We have some very exciting findings and hope to present the results here soon!

Huge thanks to:

The men who participated in the GIFT study

The fertility team, biochemistry team and andrology teams from Peterborough City Hospital.