A Nutritionist, Paul Akapanga, has advised the public to desist from subjecting themselves to societal pressures, as it could lead to several health complications and worsen existing illnesses.
According to him, stress is a risk factor that leads to health conditions such as obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, and asthma, among others, if left unchecked.
For this, it was important that individuals or people with such medical conditions reduce the level at which they stress themselves.
He explained that stress is a state of worry or mental tension caused by a difficult situation one finds himself in, and there is a need for people who are stressed to practise self-care, spend time with friends and family, and minimise their phone usage.
The Nutritionist revealed this when he was speaking on A1 Radio’s Daybreak Upper East show with Mark Smith on the health segment that sought to offer education to people regarding their health.
Mr. Akanpaga indicated that research has established that “men who have less sleep in 3–4 months turn out to have smaller testicles, and it is in the testicles that sperm are produced, which then means that there wouldn’t be enough room for sperm cells to be produced.”
Adding that “the higher the sperm count, the greater the likelihood that one would be able to reproduce”.
He said “the men were also found to have a higher level of oestrogen, which should have been the case for women, and a lower level of testosterone, which should have been higher in them.”
This, the research is said to have established, was due to less sleep as a result of stress.
He therefore advised the public to eat a well-balanced diet, get enough sleep, engage in self-relaxation, and exercise regularly to reduce stress.
Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Gilbert Azeem Tiroog|Ghana