Being overweight is a major problem in the U.S., affecting over two-thirds of adults (36.5 percen tbeing obese, and 32.5 percent being overweight) and 1 in 6 children who are more likely to become overweight adults. Being overweight can also lead to over 60 diseases and conditions, including heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and some forms of cancer.
It can also have a negative affect on your personal life, leading to conditions that can make enjoying sex more difficult. Losing weight can be a great benefit not only in preventing many of the diseases mentioned, but also in helping you get your sex life back. Let’s look at the effects of being overweight, how it affects sex, and how weight loss can improve things.
Residents of the Fort Lauderdale, Pompano Beach, and Greater South Florida areas looking for help with weight-related problems with their sex life can find help with Drs. Craig Herman and Steven Kester and the skilled team at Urology Center of Florida.
Effects of being overweight
With the rise of weight gain in the country, leading to record numbers of overweight and obese people of many different ages and ethnicities, comes an increase of risk to many parts of your body. In addition to the diseases mentioned above, weight gain also increases the risks of depression, sleep apnea, gastroesophageal reflux disease, kidney failure, weakened muscles, joint pain and infertility.
How weight can affect sex
Due to the link between obesity and conditions like heart disease and diabetes, weight gain can also increase the risks of erectile dysfunction (ED). Both obesity and ED are connected to a condition called metabolic syndrome, which is the name of a constellation of conditions that includes the two previously mentioned as well as stroke, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, high blood sugar, and high cholesterol.
Obesity isn’t a guarantee that you’ll have problems with ED, but since it creates high levels of inflammation in your body, it can cause endocrine system dysfunction. This system is directly responsible for hormone production, which is vital for sexual function and may lead to issues with ED.
How losing weight can help
Weight loss can reduce the inflammation that obesity causes, which will help to reduce your chances of dealing with many conditions connected to weight gain. This study shows that a group of men with ED saw an over 30 percent improvement in their condition just through exercise and reduced calorie intake. So, regular exercise and a healthier diet are key things you can do to reduce many problems that come from obesity. There are also a range of medical treatments available, including being prescribed medications, undergoing endoscopic procedures, or having weight loss surgery.
If your sex life is being affected by weight problems or other conditions, help is available. Contact Drs. Herman and Kester and the Urology Center of Florida today to get that assistance.