Metas de Enfermería

Metas de Enfermería

NOVIEMBRE 2017 N° 9 Volumen 20


Influence of food intake on seminal quality

Section: Originals

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Del Pino Ortega C, Velázquez Barbado R, Gobernado Tejedor JA, Casas Marcos AB, Barrero Real L, Rodríguez-Tabernero Martín L. Influencia de la ingesta alimentaria en la calidad seminal. Metas Enferm nov 2017; 20(9): 11-14.


Concepción del Pino Ortega1, Reyes Velázquez Barbado2, Julio A. Gobernado Tejedor3,Ana Belén Casas Marcos3, Laura Barrero Real3, Luis Rodríguez-Tabernero Martín3


1Enfermera. Hospital Clínico Universitario de Valladolid2Enfermera. Especialista en Obstetricia y Ginecología. Hospital Clínico Universitario de Valladolid. Profesora asociada. Facultad de Enfermería. Universidad de Valladolid3Licenciado/a Especialista en Ginecología. Hospital Clínico Universitario de Valladolid. Profesor/a asociado/a.  Facultad de Medicina. Universidad de Valladolid

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Concepción del Pino Ortega. Hospital Clínico Universitario de Valladolid. Avda. de Ramón y Cajal, 7. 47005 Valladolid.

Contact email: cpino@saludcastillayleon.es


Objective: to evaluate the quality of patient diet, to understand its influence on seminal quality, and to plan activities for the modification of dietary habits.
Method: a descriptive transversal study of dietary habits on 50 men referred to the Assisted Reproductive Unit, which they attended with their partners in order to receive in vitro fertilization treatment. Their self-reported food intake was collected for two non-consecutive days. The Dietsource 3.0 program was used to process this diet information. Pearson and Spearman correlation coefficients were used for bivariate analysis. The reference values used were the recommended intakes for the Spanish population.
Results: over half of men presented values of calorie intake
< 3,000 kcal/day (median= 2,700.10). Carbohydrate intake was below the recommended level, while there was an excessive intake of lipids, and most of all of proteins. Statistically significant association (p= 0.025) was only found between protein intake (g/day) and motile sperm count (MSC): at high values of protein intake, higher motile sperm counts.
Conclusions: the intake proportion of proteins and lipids in those men studied was above recommendations; their diet was basically normal or low-calorie, hyperproteic and hyperlipidic. However, the only association found was between protein intake and the motile sperm count (MSC) at the lab. A wide dispersion was confirmed, both in sperm count and motility, probably determined by the IVF indication.


Recommended daily intake; diet; seminal quality; assisted reproduction techniques; in vitro fertilization; transversal studies.; transversal studies

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Influencia de la ingesta alimentaria en la calidad seminal

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