How Sugar and a Sedentary Lifestyle Affects Men vs Women?

How Sugar and a Sedentary Lifestyle Affects Men vs Women?

Blood Sugar and a Sedentary Lifestyle

High blood sugar is very common nowadays regardless of age or gender. Obesity and a sedentary lifestyle are the leading cause of this. In this era, physical activity is rarely seen in people’s lives. Smartphones and technology have taken over and no one is ready to adopt an active lifestyle that includes proper workout plans and healthy eating habits. Fast food and junk food have become a part of daily routine. There is a lack of physical activity which over time leads to serious health issues. Lifestyle modifications can restrict these factors from affecting a person’s health. But its effect varies from person to person and has a great variability between the two genders i.e. male and female. Men and women react differently to high sugar levels and a sedentary lifestyle. There are also some similarities noted along with the differences.

Effect on Mental Health in Men and Women

Mental health problems such as anxiety and depression are seen to be more prevalent in men who possess high sugar consumption as compared to men who had a low sugar intake. On the other hand, no proper evidence of mental health issues was recorded due to high sugar intake in women is recorded. Research on mood disorders in men and women resulted in the development of depression after 5 years compared to those who had less sugar intake levels. Mental health is directly linked to activity level. The more the person is active the less he will have to experience any mental health problems. Laziness leads to an increase in irritability and sudden mood swings.

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Prevalence of Heart Problems

High levels of sugar increase triglyceride levels in the body. Insulin resistance is caused by prolonged high-sugar consumption in both genders. It greatly increases the chances of diabetes in men and women of any age group. It is a leading cause of cardiac problems in both men and women, however, it is more common in men than in non-menopausal women. It also results in obesity, which leads to cardiovascular diseases. Obesity and being overweight both are caused by a lesser activity level in life. 

Reproductive Changes in Both Genders

Women who continue to consume lots of sugar are at risk of reduced fertility. Insulin resistance significantly affects hormones by sugar crash, hence resulting in an inability to conceive. It is compulsory to avoid high sugar intake, especially white refined sugar if you are trying to conceive. On the other hand, men who continue to consume high sugar are at great risk to develop prostate cancer and infertility.

Hormonal Changes

PMS is a very well-known term among women, the fluctuation in hormones and mood swings is very common. This is the time when the body needs a very optimal atmosphere so the hormones can all work together, but a high intake of sugar at this time hinders hormone regulation and may result in severe cramping and mood swings.

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A Balanced Diet and Staying Active is the key

Eating a lot of sugar daily is very harmful to general health, whether males or females. Excess sugar and a lack of physical activity result in the disruption of minerals and vitamins in the body.  This creates an imbalance between the needs and deficiencies of vital minerals and vitamins in the body to carry out their functioning. Both genders often suffer from anxiety, emotional liability, low immunity, or GIT problems, these problems can be cured by lowering their sugar intake and staying active. Eating a balanced diet and staying active is the key to happiness and a healthy life.

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