Now I got your attention, didn’t I?
Did you know refined sugar can zap your love life?
A study in the Journal of Clinical Investigation shows high levels of glucose and fructose can deactivate the gene that controls the amount of sex hormones in your blood
- When your liver breaks down these sugars, the process deactivates the SHBG (sex hormone binding globulin) gene. Why is SHBG so important? It regulates the amounts of testosterone and estrogen floating around in your bloodstream.Without SHBG to regulate those hormones, your sex hormones go out of whack… which in men can lead to impotence and low libido. For women the effects are worse. In addition to diabetes, which can also significantly decrease a woman’s libido, low SHBG levels can cause infertility, polycystic ovaries, acne and uterine cancer.
- If you’re going to take control of your sexual health, one of the first things you can do is avoid sugar and high fructose corn syrup.To satisfy a sweet tooth, eat naturally sweet fruit instead of candies or pastries. Cherries are great since they have a low glycemic index. As are most of the berries. If you like to add sweetener to your food, try something I learned of recently. It’s a very interesting fruit-like vegetable called yacon (purchase the yacon root). Instead of sucrose or fructose, it has fructooligosaccharides, a particular natural combination of sugar rings that human beings can’t digest. So it doesn’t affect blood sugar. Another thing I like about yacon is that it has inulin, a prebiotic-like compound that helps you digest other foods and enhances immunity because it promotes beneficial bacteria in your intestines.
- Stevia is an all-natural sweetener that’s been used for hundreds of years with no side effects. You can use it to sweeten tea, lemonade and even food. It’s about eight times sweeter than sugar, so a little goes a long way. I don’t drink too many sugary drinks because my favorite drink is good old fashioned water. I try to drink only quality spring water, because anything else will probably contain chemicals that will also put your sexual health at risk.When I want a sweet drink, I do what many a grandmother used to do. I add a bunch of slices of cucumber to some ice water, let it sit for a couple of hours, and I have a tasty drink in no time. Mint makes cucumber water even more refreshing.
To check your blood sugar levels with lab work, be sure to include your fasting glucose, HbA1c, leptin, insulin, uric acids among others. Blood sugar issues can be detected in more ways than just glucose. We can help with labs. Visit us at www.optimalhealthctr.com.
To Your Good Health,
Dr. Susan Kelenyi