It's no secret that obesity is hazardous to health. Men pay an extra price for excess weight, since obesity takes a special toll on male hormones, sexuality, and prostate health, reports the March issue of Harvard Men's Health Watch. Less testosterone: Obesity lowers testosterone levels, which can affect muscle function and heart health. Erectile dysfunction : Men who are obese are more likely to experience erectile dysfunction ED than men with healthy weights. Weight loss can improve erectile function for overweight men.
Effect of Body Weight on Sexual Function in Men and Women
Men: Is Obesity Affecting Your Sex Life? - Obesity Action Coalition
Obesity is a growing problem worldwide. This review aims to summarize the literature on the effects of weight on sexual function in both men and women from the past 5 years. In recent population-based studies of men and women, no relationship between weight and sexual function was identified. However, in studies of special populations such as women with gestational diabetes, polycystic ovarian syndrome PCOS , pelvic organ prolapse or urinary incontinence, weight affected some aspects of sexual function. In women, surgical, but not non-surgical, weight loss was associated with resolution of some aspects of sexual dysfunction. In contrast, in men, both surgical and non-surgical weight loss improved sexual function. Weight plays a role in sexual dysfunction in both men and women.
Obesity takes an extra toll on men’s health and sexuality, from Harvard Men’s Health Watch
Research on the interaction between obesity and sexuality is limited, but some studies suggest that obesity can significantly impair sexual quality of life, particularly in women. Effective management of obesity using lifestyle changes , diet, drugs , behavioural therapies and, occasionally, weight loss surgery , may lead to improvements in self esteem, sexuality and quality of life. It is considered an integral part of our personality. The concept varies widely between individuals, and encompasses the physical including sexual intercourse and sexual practices , the psychological and the cultural.