People who are obese often experience weight discrimination, which has adverse emotional and physical consequences. However, research is often centered around women, and men receive less attention.
Weight loss, dieting, and poor body image are topics that are often attributed to women. However, it doesn’t mean that the male population isn’t as affected or that the men are less vulnerable to negative biases surrounding obesity.
So, let’s look at the existing research about the effects of obesity and weight discrimination in men.
Low Testosterone Levels
Obesity in men is associated with low testosterone levels. While obesity is known to contribute to hear disease and diabetes, research shows that it’s also linked to Hypogonadism in Males (HIM). It’s even worse for those who are both obese and diabetic.
Men who have larger waists tend to urinate more often than the slimmer ones, according to researchers from Weill Medical College, Cornell University, New York.
Numerous research talk about the link between obesity and metabolic syndrome, but none discuss the effect of metabolic syndrome on how frequent men urinate until now.
The said study involved 409 men aged from 40 to 91 who have moderate to severe lower urinary tract symptoms or LUTS. Other key findings of the study include:
- 39% of men with larger waists urinate more than eight times in 24 hours
- 44% of men with larger waists urinate twice at night
- 5% of men with larger waists have erection problems
- Men with larger waists also report high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, type 2 diabetes, and cholesterol.
Lower PSA Values
Prostate-specific antigen or PSA levels help detect prostate cancer in men. PSA is mostly found in semen, but a small amount also can be found in the blood.
High PSA levels indicate cancer, but less serious conditions such as an enlarged or inflamed prostate also lead to elevated PSA levels.
A study shows that obese men have lower PSA values than their slimmer counterparts, which makes delayed diagnosis possible in obese men.
Vulnerability to Prostate Cancer
Obese men are more prone to delayed prostate cancer diagnoses than their slimmer counterparts. However, more worrisome than that is the finding that they are also more vulnerable to prostate cancer.