Isn’t dealing with obesity a daily struggle? It often compels you to justify your body weight. Most of my friends who are overweight or obese, always have answers ready. “You see, I have a weak metabolism” or the most exploited of all the answers would be, “It runs in the family!” and then the chapter is closed, right?
Could there be any other less exploited reason? Well, I certainly have one for you which until recently was left unexplored.
Did you know that female hormones could have something to do with obesity in men?
Recently, I came across some interesting research and found surprising answers to questions dealing with high level of obesity in men today.
Secret of the sex hormone revealed
Just so you know, in order for our body to function properly, a proper balance between hormones needs to be maintained .
According to a recent research from the University of Adelaide, it was found that  imbalance of female sex hormones, estrogen, in men could contribute to high levels of obesity . Similar results were found by research conducted by Dr Alvin M Matsumoto, a testosterone and geriatrics researcher at the Washington University’s School of Medicine .
Produced in the ovary, estrogen performs sexual and reproductive functions in women. You know what? It performs the same function in men as well. Yes, you guessed it right. In men it is generated in the testes.
Though the hormone plays an important role in human reproduction; however, it has also been found to be a major cause of weight gain amongst men around the world today. Its excess production could take a toll on the body weight, thus resulting in obesity.
With ageing, the count of the male sex hormone, namely testosterone, decreases while the estrogen level remains same or tends to increase. Also, testosterone increasingly converts into estrogen. This disturbs the hormonal balance and elevates the chances of in obesity in men.
Here’s another tidbit for you. Fat cells produce estrogen too by synthesizing enzymes called aromatase enzymes which converts male hormones to estrogen which causes weight gain. 
Weren’t natural estrogens enough?
Today, several food products and pharmaceuticals contain xenoestrogens. These are artificially created chemical compounds that imitate the properties of estrogen. Apparently, we have been consuming them in our daily diet. We happily take them in through vegetables, fruits, cereal grains.
Let me also tell you that xenoestrogens also find easy access to our body through cosmetic products like lotions, perfumes, and even detergents, paints  ! Yes, its presence is ubiquitous. They are in the air you breathe!
How do we control it?
I think the best way to achieve maximum immunity against excessive estrogen count and curb male obesity is to live a healthy life style by making the right choices in your diet.
- Boost your immune system by increasing your intake of nutrients. You could take mineral supplements like zinc, as it helps to curb aromatase function which generates fat cells  ; however, do consult a doctor.
- If you are a hard drinker, you need to bring down your alcohol intake, also avoid drug use. It is important that you keep your liver strong so that it can destroy toxins easily and eliminate excess estrogen .
- Avoid unfermented soy products like soy milk, it contains high amount of xenoestrogens .
- Replace your set of cosmetics, if you haven’t already. Go herbal! Exposure to substances like these and other chemical and non-biodegradable products will increase your estrogen intake.
- Relax yourself. Stress could generate irregular eating habits. You could end up gaining more.
- Stay physically active no matter what. Take up Yoga, jogging, gymming or anything. Try and sweat as much as you can. I would say it is one of the easiest and naturally the best way to release unwanted toxins.
- Also, aging men should go to the doctor and conduct proper tests to check for any kind of hormonal imbalance.
I have seen many of my family members and friends’ family going through the same plight and I have seen them come out of it by going healthy. I know you can too. While you are it all I wish for you is to stay healthy and curb obesity!
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