It’s been a known fact among medical fraternity that obesity is a major risk factor for the onset of several life-threatening diseases, like heart ailments, diabetes, organ failure, and plenty more. However, recent studies have concluded that obesity also affects male sexual health in a big way. For instance, the results of a study published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine (2008) reveal an inverse correlation between the testosterone levels in the body and the degree of obesity. In other words, testosterone levels in the body decrease as the degree of obesity increase. Additionally, the study also found sufficient evidence to suggest obesity-hypertension-Erectile Dysfunction (ED) cycle. Another study found that obese men have fewer sexual partners in a 12-month period, and have greater probability than the normal-weight men to suffer from ED and other sexually transmitted diseases.
How is Obesity Measured?
Obesity refers to the large amounts of fat deposits in the body, which results in excessive weight gain by the patient. Generally, the degree of obesity is measured by the readings of Body-Mass Index (BMI). BMI readings are calculated by dividing the weight (in kilograms) by the square of the height (in meters). The BMI reading over 30 is classified as obesity. The more the BMI reading, the greater the degree of obesity.
Obesity and Male Sexual Health
Most males who seek doctor’s help for ED are either overweight or obese. Obesity is an indirect cause for ED and a direct cause for the diseases that contribute to the onset of ED. Failure to get and maintain erection is more common among obese due to blockages of blood vessels, which is caused by either hypertension or higher cholesterol levels in the blood, both of which find their origin in obesity. Resultantly, the blood flow in the penile region decreases alarmingly leading to problems in achieving erection, and low quality erections.
Obesity is also the prime factor for other diseases affecting male sexual health, like cardiovascular diseases, arthritis, and sleep apnea.
The first aim for every obese man should be to quickly lose as much weight as possible. It’s better to consult a doctor before hitting the gym because there may be some exercises that you should strictly avoid. Your doctor and trainer are in a better position to devise an exercise regimen for you that will help you shed the flab the healthy way. Regular exercise also increases the levels of desired hormones in your body, like testosterone, DHEA, and pregnenolone.
In obesity, your dietician is your best friend. Consult him or her for the best diet plan for your condition and follow it religiously. Of course, it won’t be easy to curb your taste buds and hunger pangs, but this is the small sacrifice you need to make to get back your virility.
If these healthy weight loss measures do not produce desired result, ask your doctor if weight loss pills or other alternatives could be explored.