Will Losing Weight Improve Your Man’s Fertility?

Will Losing Weight Improve Your Man’s Fertility?

Everywhere there is speculation about the woman’s health when it comes to fertility and pregnancy. Many people frown if the woman is overweight but surprisingly don’t seem to care if the man is overweight! Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Obesity lowers testosterone levels

A recent study and recent findings are sure to change this train of thought. Obese teenage boys were recently tested in Buffalo and the results were grim. It was found that the testosterone levels in obese boys were lower than in normal boys. The levels were about fifty percent lower. This shows that indeed obesity puts male fertility at risk.

Link between obesity and male infertility

Don’t want to believe it? Most of you might discard it saying that it is just one study and nothing can be affirmatively concluded. Know that this is not the sole study on male obesity and fertility.

Many studies have been carried out and almost all of them have shown the same results. A study was conducted many years ago in obese men, normal men, diabetic men, and non-diabetic men. The results showed that testosterone levels were low in diabetic men and obese men.

A few years later, when only obese men were taken into consideration, their testosterone levels were lower than normal. This study included diabetic as well as non-diabetic men. This shows that there is indeed a link between obesity and male infertility.

Obesity puts male fertility at risk

The findings are of course flabbergasting because obesity is on the rise among young men and women. But why it is such a big deal is the question. Why does obesity play such an important role in determining male fertility? Apparently, those who are obese are prone to two different problems that in turn affect fertility.


The first problem is that they have too much estradiol. This is an estrogen hormone. A few fat cells are responsible for its production. When you have too much estrogen in your body, the production of testosterone will automatically go down. If there is a lower level of testosterone in the body, you obviously won’t have enough sperm because testosterone is important for the production of sperm.

Type II diabetes

Another problem is that if you are obese and consequently your testosterone levels are lower, your abdominal fat will increase and your muscle build will reduce. This in turn will lead to type II diabetes. Those who have type II diabetes are less fertile than those who don’t.

Lose some weight

However, you don’t need to suffer from all this. You know what to do – lose the extra pounds! Oh yes, it is easier said than done but this study has to give you some motivation! Imagine being the reason behind not being able to have a baby. Will you be able to bear that? Nope. Thus, follow a healthy lifestyle from now on and lose all the extra pounds effectively.

Eat sensibly and exercise

Losing weight does not have to be an ordeal. You can effectively lose weight if you are determined to. Make sure you concentrate on your diet and also start exercising. Avoid foods loaded with carbs and calories. Switch to whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and lean meat. Also, drink plenty of fluids and exercise!

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Maureen Stephens, BS, RN
Maureen Stephens, BS, RN | ConceiveEasy
Ms. Stephens has spent over twenty years in the healthcare world, specializing in obstretical and medical/surgical nursing. She joined ConceiveEasy as she has a strong interest in educating and empowering women and promoting fertility awareness.