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to boost your testosterone level and avoid excessive sugar and refined carbohydrates consumption. T

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Overweight and obesity are two health challenges tied together, though in our societies when a person looks flabby, it is usually associated with prosperity.

“It is now very common to hear couples struggle to conceive. We also hear lots of factors contributing to infertility but many of us are not aware that unhealthy eating habits and lifestyle play a huge role in this,” notes Neema Shosho, a nutritionist based in Dar es Salaam.

A diagnosis of male infertility can be one of the hardest challenges a man can face. Not being able to father can make a man feel like he has failed in life.

Jacob Moses, 38, a Dar-es Salaam based businessman, says he has been in marriage for over six years now without a child.

Moses originally blamed his wife before he realised that he had fertility issues.

“In my lifetime, I didn’t know that I was the source of the problem. My wife has been asking me to go for check-up after she had done so but I was not ready for I knew I was fertile,” he says.

Jacob says being a businessperson, he had to travel upcountry regularly and had no much attachment with his family.

He says he was tired of being blamed by family members for the wife’s failure to bear children, because they all believed that she was the source.

“I remember two or three times when my sister accused my wife of being barren. She ordered her to leave the house and let another woman come and bear children,” he says.

Jacob had always had weight issues something that he says even his mother was concerned about as she always advised him to lose weight,

“The day I accepted to go for a medical check-up it was like opening a can of worms. My doctor said my weight was to blame for my infertility. I was weighing 190 kgs,” says Jacob.

How body-weight affects fertility

Obesity is strongly linked with hormonal imbalance in male, chronic elevation of insulin hormone a condition known as hyperinsulinaemia affects testosterone (male hormone) , which is supposed to be low (in balanced state), when affected becomes predominant in male,” says Dr Boaz Mkumbo, a medical doctor and founder of Healthy Eating Academy.

Dr Boaz explains that insulin is a hormone made by the pancreas that allows your body to use sugar (glucose) from carbohydrates in the food that you eat for energy or to store glucose for future use. Insulin helps to keep your blood sugar level from getting too high (hyperglycemia) or too low (hypoglycemia.The cells in your body need sugar for energy.

He however, explains that, the main disruptor of hormones in male is sugar when taken from simple sugars (drinks, table sugar and juices) and refined carbohydrates such as wheat bread can affect your body from normal utilisation of insulin hormone a condition known as insulin resistance which is characterised by excessive insulin in the body.

“It is scientifically known that sugar in your blood should range 5gram-10gram in 5-7 liters of blood in an adult, which can be converted to 4.6mmol/L to 5.0mmol/L. In our normal daily life, sugar in our blood is supposed to be one teaspoon to two teaspoon in 5 to 7 liters of blood,” he says.

Because the normal blood sugar range is a fixed value, whatever the amount of sugar you have taken as your diet, the body will need only 1 to 2 tablespoon of sugar to circulate in your blood and the rest will be pushed to storage tanks (fats and glycogen).

For example, you have taken a sugary drink with an average blood sugar of 30 gram. This is equivalent to 6 teaspoon whereby the body will need only maximum of 10 grams, the remaining 20 grams will be stored as fat in large amount for future energy use.

“Your pancreas will keep on helping you use sugar normally throughout your life, therefore excessive sugar consumptions puts you at risk of developing insulin resistance, the main cause of obesity, hypertension, diabetes, heart diseases, erectile dysfunction - all linked to male infertility,” Dr Boaz explains.

Insulin resistance is the chronic condition whereby the body cells cannot use insulin properly and therefore the signal of insulin to body cells is ignored and your body loses ability to use sugar and carbohydrates normally.

He says testosterone is the male hormone, which controls male secondary sexual characteristics including enlargement of male genitals, body power, vitality and desire to have sex. Testosterone is the key male sex hormone that regulates fertility.

He notes that, when levels of testosterone drop below normal levels, they can lead to conditions like hypogonadism characterised by small male genital organs, impotence and mostly of male secondary sexual characteristics are impaired.

There are, however, sources from which people with low testosterone can boost their levels.

Dr Boaz says high or low levels of testosterone can lead to dysfunction in the parts of the body normally regulated by the hormone.

He says when a man has low testosterone or hypogonadism, he may experience reduced sex drive, erectile dysfunction and low sperm count and therefore may become infertile unless treated.

The effects of insulin

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