Tuesday, 10 April 2007

Pollution, stress start affecting Chinese men

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China's explosive growth in industry and its economic base over the last 10-15 years has been staggering. But, all that growth in such a short time can overtax a country's workforce and physical environment. Things like stress and air pollution are growing in China at a staggering rate according to many experts.

Both of those areas are resulting in a rise Chinese infertility. In particular, sperm counts had fallen noticeably since the 1970s according to an expert at Shanghai's Jiaotong University, who stated that "A certain percentage of the sperm donated by seemingly healthy college boys to our sperm bank in Shanghai is not eligible in terms of sperm count or motility."

What is China to do? Like the U.S. before it, rising wealth resulting from the country's economic explosion has contributed to the problem in helping promote unhealthy lifestyles. Tens of millions of Americans are unhealthy and obese -- so is this a pattern soon to emerge in China as well?

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