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Reduced Fertility in Saudi Arabian Men with Low Vitamin D Levels

Maryam Sarwat, Gowher Nabi, Tajdar H. Khan, Faris Q. Alenzi

Pharmaceutical Biotechnology, Amity Institute of Pharmacy, Amity University, Noida, India

Med Sci Hypotheses 2017; 4:34-37

DOI: 10.12659/MSH.904173

Available online: 2017-09-26

Published: 2017-09-26

ABSTRACT: A high prevalence of vitamin D deficiency has been found in Saudi Arabia, which can be directly attributed to inadequate exposure of sunlight largely due to religious practices and lifestyle. The poor dietary intake of vitamin D further adds to this problem. Various researchers have proved vitamin D deficiency to be linked with increased incidences of cancer, diabetes, and autoimmune and cardiovascular diseases. Recently, scientists have found an association of vitamin D deficiency with reduced testosterone levels. This can be attributed to increasing incidences of male infertility in Saudi Arabia. The rising incidences of infertility in Saudi males can be attributed to their decreasing vitamin D levels. Taking adequate measures to overcome the vitamin D deficiency can improve their sexual vigor.

Keywords: Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2, Testosterone, Vitamin D Deficiency, Vitamin D Response Element