Let’s talk about sugar and hormones — specifically testosterone.
It’s probably no surprise to you that sugar is quite bad for you, but what you might not know is how closely connected sugar and hormones really are — if you struggle with hormone imbalances, eating (or drinking) large amounts of sugar is probably one of the worst dietary choices you can make for your body.
And, just taking a step back here and speaking generally, consuming a large amount of sugar is probably one of the worst things you can do for your body period, issues of sugar and hormonal imbalance aside.
It’s well known that the sugar industry in the 1960s heavily influenced all that we know about sugar, portraying it’s benefits in a positive light; however, they were dead wrong.
In addition, we know that sugar intake can have a severe effect on general health, and it can contribute to the development of diabetes. We also have evidence that low testosterone and diabetes are closely linked.
Add to this the fact that sugar directly contributes to obesity, which itself can lead to elevated production of estrogen and directly cause low testosterone, and you can start to see why sugar consumption is such a problem.
But it’s not just sugary beverages and foods that you need to avoid — one often-overlooked source is alcohol.
Sugar and Hormones — Avoid Drinking a Lot of Alcohol
This probably isn’t news either, but drinking heavily is bad for you.
However, it’s not alcoholism we’re worried about here, but rather the effect that both alcohol and the sugar contained in alcoholic beverages will have on your hormone levels.
For men, while small amounts of alcohol (2-3 beers a day) will not greatly affect your hormone production, it will still cause a slight dip in testosterone levels.
If you’re consistently drinking more than what was previously mentioned, not only is the alcohol itself going to lower your testosterone production, but all the sugar contained in the alcohol is going to lower your testosterone production as well.
This can create a sort of compounding effect. When testosterone is depressed, your estrogen levels increase. When your estrogen levels increase, you’re more likely to hang on to fat and lose muscle. That extra fat can act as an endocrine producing organ (specifically, it starts producing more estrogen), which can further depress testosterone levels.
Sugar and Hormones: By Reducing Sugar, Hormonal Imbalance May Level Out, But Not Always
When it comes to sugar and hormones, some people are able to make significant improvements simply by changing their diet.
For men who suffer from true hypogonadism (low testosterone), while there is certainly a correlation between diet, including intake of sugar, and hormones, a diet change is probably going to be insufficient and hormone replacement therapy will likely be indicated.
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