Some Weight Loss Improves Erections in Obese Men With Diabetes
Study: Losing 5% to 10% of Body Weight Over 8 Weeks Improved Sexual, Urinary Health
Small Changes, Big Benefits continued...
“Fat tissue constantly makes inflammatory products,” Tamler says. “People who are obese have more inflammation going on in their body, and inflammation suppresses testosterone production.”
Tamler says fatty tissue also makes an enzyme that may change the male hormone testosterone to the female hormone estradiol. “The more fat you have, the more conversion you get,” he says.
“As these men lose weight, they have less inflammation, less conversion, and more testosterone,” says Tamler, who has studied the effects of weight loss on erectile function, but was not involved in the current research.
The study is published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.
Advice to Men
Researchers say the diet they used is easy to copy at home and adding physical activity may result in even bigger benefits.
“There’s no question that physical activity has a benefit in and of itself,” Wittert says. “I often tell the guys that I look after, ‘Come home in the evening and instead of sitting in front of the television with a bag of chips and a beer, take your wife by the hand and say, ‘Come darling, let’s go for a walk.’”
He says that after doing that for a few weeks, “her heart will grow fonder, and your erection will be longer and stronger.”