Dr. Manish Banker, Medical Director at Nova IVF Fertility said in his statement to the media “Diabetes has long been a growing health concern, and with India representing 50 percent of diabetic cases worldwide, it is today considered the fastest growing lifestyle disease in the country. With the number of cases expected to double by 2025, the disease is today a serious health challenge and comes as a by-product of multiple factors including a sedentary lifestyle, improper diet and stressful work schedules. Research suggests, 2.6 percent of women and 3.7 percent of men aged 20-25 years had high or very high levels of blood glucose.
WHO estimates that more than 180 million people worldwide have diabetes. Diabetes mellitus should be considered in the differential diagnosis of menstrual abnormalities and infertility, as this modern lifestyle disease is also a significant contributor for lower rates of fertility. When diabetes is not well-controlled, it can affect the chances of having a baby. It can also increase the risk of miscarriage and stillbirth. Men who are diagnosed with diabetes are seen to have lower libido, lower sperm count and semen volume, along with greater sperm DNA damage. In women, diabetes comes as a secondary condition associated with hormonal ailments like PCOS which introduce several challenges to conceive naturally and may lead to several complications during pregnancy. However, by keeping diabetes under check, couples still stand a chance of conceiving naturally. In some cases, infertility treatments like IUI and IVF can also help conceive.”
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