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Obesity in Men: Get Fit or Get Hit.

Updated: May 3, 2021

Globally, Obesity is a big problem. It is thought that two-thirds of human beings need to lose weight, and the number of overweight children and adults is growing at an alarming rate.

It is no secret that obesity is bad for your health. Excess body fat raises levels of LDL ("bad") cholesterol and triglycerides while also lowering HDL ("good") cholesterol levels.

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Obesity impairs the body's responsiveness to insulin, raising blood sugar and insulin levels. But obesity does more than produce bad numbers: it also leads to bad health.

Obesity increases the risk of:

  • heart attack,

  • stroke,

  • hypertension,

  • diabetes,

  • gallstones,

  • cancer,

  • osteoarthritis,

  • obstructive sleep,

  • fatty liver,

  • depression.

Obesity and lack of exercise are responsible for deaths each day, and if present trends continue, obesity will soon overtake smoking as one of the leading preventable causes of death.

Obesity affects men and women about equally. But you may be surprised to learn that men bear a particular burden, since obesity takes a special toll on male hormones, sexuality and prostate health.

Testosterone is the major male hormone. It is responsible for the deep voice, large muscles, and strong bones that characterize masculinity.

Testosterone is responsible for development of the male reproductive organs, for sperm production and libido, and for the typical male pattern of beard growth. Testosterone also spurs growth of the prostate gland.

Obesity lowers testosterone levels. A 2007 study of 1,667 men ages 40 and above found that each one-point increase in BMI was associated with a 2% decrease in testosterone.

A four-inch increase in waist size increased a man's odds of having a low testosterone level by 75%. Waist circumference was the strongest single predictor of developing symptoms of testosterone deficiency.

A 2008 study of 1,862 men ages 30 and above found that waist circumference was an even stronger predictor of low testosterone levels than BMI.

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Obesity impairs men's sexuality functions, and it may also lead to infertility. Research studies have linked obesity to low sperm counts and reduced sperm motility. German scientists reported similar findings in men between 20 and 30.

Research from around the world shows that extra Obesity increases a man's risk of developing prostate cancer.

An American Cancer Society study of 404,576 men demonstrated this association.

Being overweight increases a man's risk by 8%, being obese boosts risk by 20%, and being severely obese increases risk by 34%.

Obesity increases the odds that prostate cancer will spread beyond the gland, and it also makes relapse after treatment more likely. In addition, obesity boosts a man's chance of developing urinary incontinence after a radical prostatectomy operation.

There is no quick fix to weight loss. You must take the long route.

  • Modify your diet

  • Limit the intake of simple carbohydrates

  • Heighten your muscular workouts to burn off more calories.

It's the manly thing to do, be a man and begin fixing yourself. The time to start is now!

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