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Why does sugar increase my libido?

Answered on September 25, 2014
Created September 10, 2012 at 12:14 AM

I have an observation and a question. Observation: in the last few months I've noticed that my usually low libido spikes on days when I've consumed a relatively high amount of sugar (e.g. a few bananas and some raisins)--and even the day after. For the last year or two, my carb intake has been cyclical (usually only consuming starchy foods like sweet potatoes and rice), but my libido has been low. Since observing this phenomenon, though, I've added more sugar to my diet and, placebo or not, my libido has soared from its usually lackluster heights.

So if sugar is increasing my sex drive, why and how? (I'm guessing that Peatarians might have some insights.)

Some potentially relevant info about me: 20 year old active male with ~7% body fat. I may have screwed my hormones up during high school when I was cutting absurd amount of weight for wrestling. I also ate low carb for awhile and noticed some improvements when I introduced safe starches. Last December my total testosterone was in the 500's and estradiol was non-existent.

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on September 10, 2012
at 01:01 AM

Alcohol always seemed synonymous with my libido....err at least getting laid. Must say I was a wrestler for 16 years (yes cutting weight all the way through college). Never had the low libido issue though so I guess I cant say. I do low carb and fasting and always have a little extra lead in the pencil. Perhaps its mental or some other stressor....like you have associated sugar with it in your head.

However, do what you gotta do man. I would not put up with any lifestyle that didn't allow me to "perform" well.

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on November 16, 2012
at 10:40 PM

just some personal thoughts,
potentially this could be linked to times/seasons when fruit (sugar) is plentiful. ie. fruit season is mating season.
abundant fruit = times are good, time to multiply.

Here's a conclusion from a "Female reproductive parameters and fruit availability" study in Japanese macaques (i know this ones on female monkeys, but still);

"...the onset of estrus is strongly affected not only by the survival of infants through the mating season, but also by fruiting conditions, especially the availability of high-quality food"

And, may be its more specifically related to the fructose in the fruit.
Fructose does seem have a link to reproduction, some of the places fructose is found in the human body are; seminal fluid, placenta, umbilical cord, (ovaries?).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Semen_analysis#Fructose_level

According to webmd "The fructose provides energy for the sperm"

Side Note: in case you were wondering, the human body can make fructose for itself (without eating fructose), this was discussed in another PH post here "Is fructose necessary?"

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on September 10, 2012
at 01:05 AM

First thought, and might not be appropriate since I have no idea who you are, or what your health is like.

Sugar knocks down cortisol, cortisol and testosterone work against one another...your test goes up, your libido goes up...

Fwiw, If this is the case than a tater, some rice or yam will do the same deal without putting stress on your liver.

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on September 25, 2014
at 10:47 AM

Sugar knocks down cortisol as well as testosterone work against one another, your own test goes up, your sex drive goes up. If this is the case than the usual tater, some rice or yam is going to do the same deal without putting force on your liver.

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on November 17, 2012
at 01:32 AM

A potential link - and hold on to your hat here - insulin isn't all bad.

Eating sugar will increase insulin production, and "insulin is capable of stimulating testosterone production and, simultaneously, of inhibiting SHBG concentrations in both normal weight and obese men."

Here's the abstract of the study.

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on November 16, 2012
at 04:32 PM

I have noticed this pattern for years. Eating sweets (cookies, cake, pie, candy, fruit) causes increased libido urges that are very noticeable. It still happens to me and I am approaching 60. Maybe the sugar is increasing the testosterone production in the body. No idea why it happens, but it's happened to me consistently all my life.

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on November 16, 2012
at 04:21 PM

I have noticed this pattern for years. Eating sweets (cookies, cake, pie, candy, fruit) causes increased libido urges that are very noticeable. It still happens to me and I am approaching 60. Maybe the sugar is increasing the testosterone production in the body. No idea why it happens, but it's happened to me consistently all my life.

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