How Does Sugar Affect Your Sex Drive?
Basically sugar affects the production and absorption of several important hormones, and as you know, hormones affect your sex drive or libido.
Romance and sex drive have often been related to something “sweet.” But before you reach for that box of candies, take a minute to understand how sugar can be affecting your libido or sex drive.
Sugar, Insulin and Your Sex Drive
Your hormones, and in particular the hormones that regulate your sex drive and performance, such as testosterone, do not operate on their own. They are part of an intricate web of metabolic processes.
Many of these processes are directly related to another hormone, insulin, and the level of sugar in your blood.
Specifically sugar causes:
- Decreased testosterone – Particularly in men, increased sugar consumption leading to insulin resistance lowers testosterone levels. Low testosterone can lead to erectile dysfunction, and decreased sex drive in both men and women.
- Leptin Resistance – Sugar not only causes insulin resistance it causes leptin resistance. Leptin is a hormone that helps regulate appetite. It tells your brain when you are full and to stop eating. When you eat too much sugar, leptin stops working. Your fat cells continue to produce leptin, but your brains ability to “hear” its message shuts off. This condition of “leptin resistance” also leads to a reduction of testosterone production, with the concurrent impact on your sex drive.
- Decreased production of HGH – Overconsumption of sugar also reduces production of Human Growth Hormone, of HGH. HGH is secreted by the pituitary gland, and it has many “anti-aging” properties. In the presence of increased insulin, due to excess sugar, hGH drops, which also leads to sexual dysfunctions.
- Tiredness and Fatigue – Sugar may give you a temporary spike of energy, but too much sugar leads to fatigue, and you can’t perform sexually when you are too tired.
- Increased stress and anxiety – High levels of sugar and insulin lead to chronically elevated levels of cortisol, the so-called “stress hormone.” Elevated cortisol leads to increased stress and anxiety, both of which can cause decreased libido.
These and other ways that sugar can impact your sex drive are dramatically illustrated in this infographic.
Improve Your Sex Drive & Sexual Performance
Want to give your sex life a boost? Cutting down on the intake of processed sugars is a great place to start.
But, that may not be enough to return your hormones to a healthy balance, particularly if you are over 40. The truth is, regardless of what you do, or do not eat, as you get older, you may lose the ability to perform sexually the way you used to.
Men can experience erectile difficulties, while women may start to lubricate less, or find it takes longer to become aroused.
Much of this is due to declining hormones as we age, but also, as you now know, what you eat, and even the stress of everyday life, can all cause lack of sex drive, or other sexual wellness issues.
However, no matter the reason you may be experiencing sexual problems, there is help available.
I have dedicated myself to providing and perfecting sexual wellness treatments so men and women can enjoy a healthy and satisfying sex life for as long as they wish to.
Along with lifestyle modification, these treatments can include hormone optimization, and the use of Platelet Rich Plasma for sexual wellness in both men and women.
If you are between the ages of 35 – 55 and you think you could use a little “bedroom boost,” contact our offices today, I am sure we have a program available that can “sweeten” your sex life – without any added sugar!
You can find out a lot more about how to improve your sex drive and other ways to age optimally in Dr. Gaines’ new full length book, Great Gains For Life.
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