Nutrition & Health Considerations for Transgender Community

Published : Jul 06, 2021
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    Nutrition & Health Considerations for Transgender - Fast&Up

    Anyone who follows healthy food choices will get the benefits of it in the form of good health and physical fitness. A trans person’s nutritional needs vary depending upon their body and overall health. Proteins, fats and carbs are the basics of the diet and consumption of these elements will determine your health. Let us look at some nutrition and health considerations for the transgender community –

    1. Protein

    Protein is one of the important element to consider as it helps transgender men to develop strong muscle and at the same time help transgender women to maintain healthy body weight as it helps control insulin – the fat storage hormone. Adding items like tofu, fish, seeds, nuts, meat, etc. can help fulfill daily protein requirements. High quality protein supplements can be a better option to get enough protein.

    Protein for Transgenders - Fast&Up

    2. Fat

    Here, we are talking about good fats. Hormone development is dependent on fats as hormones are made up of fats. Good Fats also helps to cope with stress and stay emotionally balanced. Good fat sources are avocado, buts, seeds, oily fish and olive oil. However, eating items like cheese and highly processed and deep-fried foods are considered bad fats.

    3. Carbohydrates

    Potatoes, rice, pasta, cereals, etc. are good sources of carbohydrates and carbohydrates are important, as they are essential to break down glucose into energy. Carbs help you to store good fats because your body uses the carbs to produce energy initially and later it uses fats. Having said that, one must ensure to limit the consumption of carbs or else it may cause some complications.

    Other Considerations –

    1. Bone Health

    The bone health tends to improve for transgender women while it declines for transgender males due to hormonal impacts of testosterone. Including such foods into your diet that have nutrients like calcium, vitamin D3, magnesium, etc. can help maintain bone health by ensuring bone strength.

    2. Stress Management

    Mental health of transgender community is as important as others as they too face several issues regarding their sexual orientation, relationships, friends, family, etc. and added stress is caused due to other ill-treatment acts done by few unfriendly people of the society. Nutrition plays an important role here as well and adding Magnesium to your diet can help you cope with stress and anxiety.

    These were a few points that a transgender person should consider to live a healthy lifestyle. Drinking enough water daily and avoiding alcohol should not be neglected.

    Neel Visaria
    Health and Fitness

    Neel is an expert blogger who just loves writing about health and fitness. He makes sure that his blogs are fun to read but also informative. Neel is committed to spread awareness through his blogs... Read More

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