Weight Loss Can Improve ED

Discussing ED with a physician can ultimately lead to better overall health.

Discussing ED with a physician can ultimately lead to better overall health.

If you’re struggling with erectile dysfunction, a new study suggests weight loss could be the key. For overweight men, erectile dysfunction, or ED, is a common problem. While erection medications like Viagra and Cialis can improve the sex life of those struggling with weight, the study shows dropping just a few pounds can turn things around in the bedroom.

The Australian study, which involved 31 patients found that dropping just 5 to 10 percent of body weight over a two-month time frame improved erectile function and increased sexual desire.

Weight not a serious concern for men, say doctors

Doctors say it’s difficult to get men to take their weight problems seriously. Obesity can lead to other problems including heart trouble and diabetes, but doctors say most men don’t take those potential risks seriously.

“You talk all the prevention you want,” says Kevin Billups, M.D., an associate professor of urology at the University of Minnesota, in Minneapolis tells CNN. “When I talk about restoring penile health, I have their attention.”

When a patient comes to see Billups, he has the patient stand up and look down. “If you can’t see your penis,” he says, “that’s a problem.”

How weight affects your love life

Weight loss could improve ED, new study suggests.

Weight loss could improve ED, new study suggests.

Billups says obesity effects blood vessels. Without healthy vessels, blood flow is interrupted and leads to problems getting or sustaining an erection.

“An erection is basically a cardiovascular event,” says Robert A. Kloner, M.D., a cardiologist and professor of medicine at the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine, in Los Angeles. “If blood flow cannot increase because the blood vessels can’t dilate normally, then there’s a decrease in erection function.”

In the study, men who lost weight saw improvement in the health of their blood vessels. In turn, their sex lives improved.

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