Are you a guy that has been trying to get his partner pregnant, but you’ve had no luck? Has everything checked out with her reproductive health, and so now the issue seems to be in your boxers or briefs?
There are many different things that can cause male infertility, primarily either low sperm production or abnormal sperm function. These issues are typically a result of an illness, injuries, chronic health problems, and/or lifestyle choices.
Now you may be thinking, “I haven’t had any injuries and I’m healthy.” But what do you really know about your health? Many chronic health issues go unnoticed for months and even years before symptoms arise.
This is how diabetes occurs. Many have already developed and lived with type 2 diabetes for sometime before they recognize some of the telltale signs. According to the CDC, approximately 88 million American adults (that’s more than 1 in 3) have prediabetes. But more than 80% of THOSE people are unaware they have it!
So what is prediabetes, exactly? Well, it’s a condition that’s marked by having consistently high blood sugars. When these high blood sugars go unchecked, you may develop health issues. And for men, that can lead to fertility problems.
Your Sperm Don’t Lie
Research has found that men with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes have compromised spermatogenesis, that is issues producing healthy sperm. Glucose metabolism has a direct impact on basic cell activity and that in turn decides how your organs and systems function. Prediabetes may have detrimental effects on male fertility, especially on sperm quality, such as sperm motility, sperm DNA integrity, and ingredients of seminal fluid.
Are You at Risk for Prediabetes?
Prediabetes not only affects your reproductive health, but your overall health. If not identified and diagnosed early, you have the chance of developing type 2 diabetes and its many health complications.
According to the CDC, here are some criteria that may point to a diagnosis of prediabetes:
- Being overweight
- 45+ in age
- You have a close family member with type 2 diabetes
- You exercise less than three times per week
- African-American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, Pacific Islander, and some Asian American ethnicity
How to Prevent and Reverse Prediabetes
Of course, you’ll want to make an appointment with your doctor to get a blood test for prediabetes. If you are diagnosed, there are some things you can do to reverse it, reclaim your health and father a child.
If you are overweight, it is recommended that you aim to lose 5 to 7 percent of your body weight.
Clean Up Your Diet
Are you eating sensibly? Or are you at Pizza Hut for lunch and ordering in Chinese for dinner? A high carbohydrate diet full of trans fats is a sure ticket to poor health and dis-ease. Clean up your diet and replace that garbage with meats, egg, cheese and organic fruits and veggies, making sure to avoid some of the sweeter fruits like bananas and pineapple.
Partake in moderate strenuous exercise at least three times a week. Exercise not only helps to keep weight off, but it helps your body burn through available glucose, bringing down your blood sugar naturally.
What if your doctors tells you your blood test was normal and you don’t have prediabetes but you are still having trouble conceiving? Well, if the rest of your health checks out, it may be stress that’s the culprit.
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