Losing Weight & Holding Your Temper

by DavalosMcCormack on March 6, 2009

It’s March. It’s cold out there. Or wet. Or snowy. Or all three. All I know is that by now the number of people who are still holding on to their New Year’s Resolution to be more active and go to the gym is declining as relentlessly as the Dow Jones.

But if you need a few helpful prompts to get back on the wagon, our ever-obliging chums in the world of obesity research have some fun stuff just for you.

First, being obese can really have an impact on the quality of your sex life. Now, that’s not just from the practical aspects of trying to be intimate when your partner fears for their very life in case you lie on top of them.

No, a study in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM) says being obese can lower your sperm count and be linked to infertility in men. It can also lead to lower testosterone levels, lower sexual desire which equals reduced sexual pleasure.

The good news is that is not inevitable if you either

  • avoid being obese in the first place or
  • are obese but undergo gastric bypass surgery

The researchers followed 64 men over two years after they underwent a gastric bypass procedure called a Roux-en-Y, where they basically turn your stomach into a tiny pouch and bypass several feet of your digestive tract so you don’t absorb as much of the nutrients in the food.

It’s not an easy procedure to undergo, you have to be really disciplined in your diet and intake of supplements after the procedure to maintain the initial success of the operation. But if an improved sex life doesn’t serve as motivation I have no idea what will.

Obese Women May Endanger Ability to Have Babies

It’s not just men who are at risk of sexual problems if they are obese. Another study in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism says women are too.

The researchers say women who are obese and trying to get pregnant take longer to get pregnant compared to non-obese women, even if they are young and have a regular menstrual cycle.

The researchers say being obese seems to cause changes in a woman’s ovaries which may be responsible for an egg’s inability to turn into an embryo.

Now Don’t Get Mad – That Won’t Help

We’ve known for a long time that being negative and not dealing well with stress can increase a person’s risk of sudden heart attacks. Now there’s even more bad news for folks prone to temper tantrums.

A study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that being angry could also be a risk factor for a heart attack.

Those clever people at Yale studied some 62 patients who had had heart attacks and now had implantable devices to help regulate their heart rhythms.

They found that people who had the highest levels of anger were up to 10 times more likely to have experienced an arrhythmia in their heart. Fortunately they had the implantable devices to help restore the rhythm.

But it is a reminder to hold your temper if you want to hold on to your heart.

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