Obesity: Major Problem
Obesity is a condition in which a person has excess body fat to the extent that it can have a negative effect on their health.
Various diseases such as heart disease, sleep apnea, type-2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer and osteoarthritis are all closely linked to obesity.
Obesity not only increases the risk for these diseases, but also TREMENDOUSLY increases the risk for erectile dysfunction (ED).
How does obesity cause ED? The first thing to keep in mind is that many epidemiological studies found that obese people reported a high frequency of problems with sexuality.
Four out of five men who report symptoms of ED are obese.
It’s estimated that the erectile dysfunction of an obese man is the same as that of man with normal weight who is 20 years older.
Here are the ways obesity ruins your sexual function:
• Endothelium– Obesity affects blood vessel health. An erection is a cardiovascular function. If your blood vessels are in trouble, your penis will be, too.
Obesity appears to damage the endothelium, which is responsible for the release of nitric oxide, a molecule that helps you retain an erection.
Fat tissue secretes many bioactive substances that cause inflammation, which damages endothelium.
If your endothelium is not in good shape, less blood makes it to your penis. A new study proves that endothelial function improves once you start losing weight.
• Low testosterone– Obesity is linked to low testosterone (T). Without adequate levels of testosterone, your sex drive decreases, causing problems with erections.
Your belly fat emits numerous substances in your body that lower your T level. The more fat you have, the more estrogen circulates in your body.
• Ego–Being obese affects your self-esteem and makes you not feel good about yourself, which triggers performance anxiety.
A negative body image imposes psychological barriers to having sex.
Depression is another byproduct of ...