Ignore the Viagra and reach for the coconut oil

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‘Men’s health’ conjures up a variety of concepts, ranging from bulging muscles to living a life disease-free, but regardless of your definition, virility is a common indicator of health in adult males.

The desire to produce healthy offspring is part of our genetic makeup, a legacy spawned from when we sat around raging camp fires, grunting at each other through large jaws. Unfortunately, our jaws have grown smaller and our waistlines have expanded, signalling a decline in men’s health and virility.

What many men don’t realise, is that the fat hovering over your belt line means they could be hovering dangerously close to a raft of health issues including type 2 diabetes and impotency, in a realm now commonly termed metabolic syndrome.

coupleMetabolic syndrome can be a range of conditions including high cholesterol, triglycerides, blood pressure or blood sugar levels and excess body fat around the waist. When some or all of these conditions occur together, risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes increases alarmingly.

According to a recent study published by the American Diabetes Association, four out of five men suffering metabolic syndrome had accompanying erectile dysfunction. Couple this with the knowledge that erectile dysfunction affects around 52 percent of men between the ages of 40 to 70, or 100 million men worldwide and that beer gut could actually affect your ability to have a family.

Erectile dysfunction may also be a sign of looming coronary heart disease, according to the study, but one thing is certain, erectile dysfunction can affect your quality of life, your self-esteem and your overall health.
The best way to reduce the risks of metabolic syndrome is an aggressive change in lifestyle. This is something most men can relate to, thanks to another part of our genetic makeup, the fight or flight response.

By recognising that we may be at risk – and the far reaching implications of that – if we do nothing, we have chosen flight. If we decide to aggressively fend off these risks, we are choosing to fight and that is a very manly approach.

How do we change aggressively? I know this has become a mantra, but it is really about healthy eating, moving our bodies regularly, reducing stress and being thankful for what we have instead of constantly yearning for what we don’t.

While the type of change required may not be new, I believe this new knowledge may provide a more compelling reason to change. The good news is that there are dietary approaches out there, which can not only help reduce internal health risks associated with metabolic syndrome, but can also help lose weight and improve the feeling of wellbeing.

It starts with reaching for the coconut oil (full of good fat) instead of the Viagra and accepting that we need to look at the lifestyle-based causes, not just the management of these risks.

To help you get inspired, clinical studies have shown that by adopting a high fat, low carbohydrate, mid to low protein (ketogenic) diet, the majority of men in the study with type 2 diabetes were able to reduce or eradicate their medication, as well as losing an average of 5.5kg.

The changes that can occur in our bodies over time through healthy eating can rival any wonder drug created in a laboratory. Part of your aggressive change will require you to research the options and come to understand that food is medicine and that’s how we should be viewing it.

It could be confronting, it could challenge you to change your mindset, diet and lifestyle, but for the future of your children, there is no doubt it will be worthwhile.

For more information on the ketogenic diet visit www.wholefoodsecrets.com
As with all things related to health and wellbeing, please ensure you first consult an expert in this field.

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