Being overweight can affect fertility in males as well
Being overweight puts you at risk of a lot of serious health problems; type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, liver disease, kidney failure and stokes just to name a few. It does not end there though, and new research is now linking excess weight with fertility.
The results are actually staggering. For every 20 pounds of extra weight that you carry, your infertility risk increases by 10 percent. These results were discovered by King Abdul-Aziz Hospital in Saudi Arabia.
A lot of research has been focused on females, but these results look at males risks as well, and it is no different for them. Any extra inches and extra weight that you carry will completely sap you T levels which are used to convert testosterone into estradiol, which is the male version of the female sex hormone oestrogen.
Even if this does not affect you, the chances of getting this far will do, as again extra weight can cause more problems. Your sex drive will likely decrease, and you will likely experience trouble getting an erection. On top of this, the quality of your sperm is not great either. To put a number on, men who are overweight are eleven percent more likely to have a lower sperm count, and thirty nine percent of men who are overweight will like have no sperm in their ejaculate at all, according to research carried out by the Harvard School of Public Health. As if this was not enough, further evidence suggests that carrying any amount of excess weight can also damage your sperm motility, which will greatly reduce their efficiency.
The good news is that this does not mean forever. If you work hard to lose the extra weight that you carry your fertility will return to normal. It is completely a lifestyle change, in order the shed seven percent of your body weight, guidelines suggest that you should aim to complete at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity every week. When you break this down it is actually very manageable.
If you speak to your local gym, it is likely that you will be able to talk to someone who can develop a training programme that will work best for you, regardless of your starting fitness ability. Combine this with a healthy diet, and you will be back to peak fertility in no time!