Obesity can affect sex life: It lowers testosterone in men

Being overweight brings plethora of health issues such as heart diseases, diabetes, hypertension, among others.

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NEW DELHI: Obesity is no doubt a major health challenge worldwide. Being overweight brings plethora of health issues such as heart diseases, diabetes, hypertension, stroke, osteoarthritis and some cancers like colon and breast.

Not only these, but obesity highly affects one's sex life too. One is considered to be obese when you weigh more than 20 per cent above of your ideal weight. A study conducted at University at Buffalo, New York says that obesity is associated with another health problem, that affects men only is low testosterone levels.

How obesity can affect sex life?

Dr. Shobha Gupta, Medical Director and an IVF Specialist from Mother's Lap IVF Centre explained, "Being overweight hinders stamina which is important to sustain sexual performance. It also disturbs ones hormonal balance which in turn affects testosterone levels, causing loss of libido or low sex drive. Obesity also affects blood flow to the genitals and lack of blood circulation there causes erectile dysfunction."

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Some diet foods are full of antioxidants, essential nutrients. Food items like sabja (sweet basil) seeds and coconut water are easily accessible options, say experts.

Inputs by Rashida Sidhpurwala, consulting Nutritionist at UrbanClap, website for lifestyle services:
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Curd

For all those who suffer from constipation, gas and acidity, this one is an absolute must-have on a daily basis.

However the curd must be set at home.

This allows the essential fats, the vitamin D and the vitamin B along with the B12 to be retained.

Curd strengthens the intestines, reduces acidity attacks and keeps the bloating down.
Curd For all those who suffer from constipation, gas and acidity, this one is an absolute must-have on a daily basis. However the curd must be set at home. This allows the essential fats, the vita..
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Cucumber

An alkaline body will have the best metabolism and will stay away from manifesting or developing diseases so make sure to include this super hydrating vegetable in your diet, every day.
Cucumber An alkaline body will have the best metabolism and will stay away from manifesting or developing diseases so make sure to include this super hydrating vegetable in your diet, every day.
Sabja (sweet basil) seeds

Not just a quick detox, but an instant cooler and bloating reliever.
Sabja (sweet basil) seeds Not just a quick detox, but an instant cooler and bloating reliever.
Cinnamon

This spice has a plethora of benefits that include super anti-inflammatory power and reduction of arthritic pain.

Not only does it help curb low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and blood sugar levels drastically but chewing a small piece of it also helps keeps sweet cravings at bay.
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Coconut Water

This is not just thirst quencher but has the perfect balance of sodium and potassium to give the skin a baby-fresh look.

It is also a well known reliever of cramps and migraine during menstruation.
Coconut Water This is not just thirst quencher but has the perfect balance of sodium and potassium to give the skin a baby-fresh look. It is also a well known reliever of cramps and migraine during..
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Jowar

This grain is rich in vitamin B1, iron and fibre. It can help pick up the rate at which the body is burning fat.
Jowar This grain is rich in vitamin B1, iron and fibre. It can help pick up the rate at which the body is burning fat.

Notably, testosterone is actually an important male hormone which helps in development of male sexual organs and builds strong bones. Testosterone levels begin to rise at puberty and peak in early adulthood and then start declining with age.

Furthermore, excess fat in the inner thighs and pubic region results in high testes temperatures of over 35°C. This may be sufficient to hinder sperm production. Obesity is definitely linked to low sperm count and reduced sperm motility which can be a cause of infertility.
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"In other words, we can say that if you have low sperm count and you are unable to make your wife pregnant despite trying of one year or more then you have infertility," said Dr. Shweta Goswami, Sr. Consultant Gynecologist and IVF Expert from Jaypee Hospital, Noida.

Obesity may also take an emotional toil in one's life. Some may experience feelings of social isolation, depression, discrimination over weight etc. Disrupted sleep-wake cycles, unhealthy eating habits, ease to junk or packed food, no physical activity can badly affect the fertility.

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Here's how one may chose a healthy life over wealthy life:
-Make healthy lifestyle a family goal by keeping the calorie needs in mind.
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-Try to be active all the time, take a walk, and use stairs over lift or escalator.

-Limit your screen time; instead play outdoor, indulge more in outdoor activities.
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-Keeping a track of weight, BMI and weight circumference.

-Take a proper balanced diet; have fertility enhancing foods such as banana, broccoli, walnuts, garlic, ginseng, red meat, beans, eggs, fish, citrus fruits like oranges, kiwi, strawberries, tomatoes, cheese etc.

-Go for a proper health check up once in six months.

Cut Sugar, Lose Body Fat & Quit Smoking: Lifestyle Habits To Ditch Diabetes
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Diabetes is among the fastest growing health issues today in India.



The rising prevalence of diabetes is primarily driven by a combination of various factors such as rapid urbanisation, sedentary lifestyles, unhealthy diets, tobacco use, and even increased life expectancy.



Although there are certain factors one can't change such as your genes, age or past behaviours, but there are many actions one can take to reduce the risk of diabetes.



Dr Varsha Khatry, Head - Medical and Scientific Affair at Roche Diabetes Care India shares some easy ways to not only reduce the risk of diabetes, but also prevent it.

Diabetes is among the fastest growing health issues today in India.The rising prevalence of diabetes is primarily driven by a combination of various factors such as rapid urbanisation, sedentary life..
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One of the primary reasons for diabetes is body weight. Being overweight is a big risk factor for diabetes.

According to studies by WHO, every kilogram of weight loss reduces the risk of diabetes risk by 16 per cent. Moving toward a healthy weight helps control blood sugars.

Your doctor, a dietitian and a fitness trainer can get you started on a plan that will work for you.
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Eating sugary foods and refined carbs can put individuals at risk of developing diabetes. The human body rapidly breaks these foods down into small sugar molecules, which are absorbed into your bloodstream. The resulting rise in blood sugar stimulates the pancreas to produce insulin, a hormone that helps sugar get out of the bloodstream and into the body's cells. The body's cells are resistant to insulin's action, so sugar remains high in the blood when it comes to patients with the condition of prediabetes. To compensate, the pancreas produce more insulin, attempting to bring blood sugar down to a healthy level.

Over time, this can lead to progressively higher blood sugar and insulin levels, until the condition eventually turns into Type 2 diabetes. Replacing sugar or refined carbs with foods that have less of an effect on blood sugar may help reduce your risk of diabetes.
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Unhealthy habits such as smoking and drinking too much alcohol can make diabetes and its complications worse. Too much alcohol may cause chronic inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis), which can impair its ability to secrete insulin and potentially lead to diabetes. Moreover, smoking is bad for health whether one is diabetic or not. Smokers are twice as likely to develop diabetes as non-smokers. Smoking increases the risk for all diabetes-related health problems, such as kidney disease, nerve damage, and leg and foot infections.
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