Note: Obviously, this sensitive issue is targeted at the male population—after all, it is literally hitting below the belt. But women, take note too. You may be able to lend a helping hand to point your man in the right direction.
Is it hard for you to get a hard-on? It may because of your weight.
Not only does obesity increase the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and hypertension, it also increases the risk of erectile dysfunction.
A recent study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health and published in the Journal of Urology found that men who were both overweight and physically inactive had a two-and-a-half times greater risk of ED than men who were active and of normal weight.
The reason? Obesity causes chronic stress and inflammation of the cells lining blood vessels, which impairs their performance and the flow of blood. This in turn impairs cardiovascular health and erectile function.
ED affects over half of American males between the ages of 40 and 70.
Experts say that 90 percent of ED is physical in origin. That means the link between obesity and ED is very strong (as opposed to the limp result). In large-scale studies, nearly 80 percent of men who reported having ED were also overweight or obese.
However, there is an ‘up’ side to all this: Previous research has shown that overweight men who start losing weight mid-life have a 70 percent less risk of ever having ED than those who remain sedentary.
Even more arousing, a study conducted last year determined that weight loss could also reverse the ED that had already set in. So while hundreds of millions of dollars are being spent on Viagra and other ED pills, there is a natural solution that can take care of your wooing-woes: weight loss.
This is further proof that there is no chronic degenerative disease on planet earth that is caused by a drug deficiency. If you want to help your doctor help you, take more responsibility for your own good health. Eat low-fat, low-calorie foods—as unprocessed as possible. And just taking regular 15 minute walks every day will help your weight loss efforts. (Read more of my posts about making a healthy diet yours.)
For more personalized sexual health advice, talk to your doctor. If you want to hear input from your peers, check out some online forums, but remember, your doctor’s guidance is always best!
You’ll know it’s all working when … well … let’s just say when things start looking up!