The Connection Between Obesity and ED

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Carrying extra weight can have serious health complications, including an increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, and other chronic health issues. But did you know that obesity could also be affecting your sex life? That’s right! Studies show that there’s a connection between obesity and ED!

I’m fact, men who are obese are more likely to have erectile dysfunction (ED), and an estimated 30 million American men have it — and being obese significantly increases your risk of this condition.


Recognizing the signs of erectile dysfunction

If your sex life isn’t what it used to be, you might be wondering if it’s due to ED. ED can affect any man at any age, and the symptoms often include:

  • Inability to get an erection
  • Soft erections
  • Inability to orgasm
  • Low sex drive

What Does Weight Have To Do With Erectile Dysfunction?

There are a few reasons why being obese could increase your risk of having ED. Results have shown that overweight or obese men have between a 30% and 90% greater chance of experiencing erectile dysfunction than men in the optimal weight range. 

Men who are suffering from obesity or who are overweight could also develop many different health problems that contribute to ED symptoms. And because some of these health problems like: Heart disease, High blood pressure, development of type 2 diabetes, and Breathing problems are shown to go hand in hand with obesity, it can also lead to ED.

Excess weight -- especially excess belly fat -- is a major contributor to ED and can affect sexual function in many ways; it can interfere with the body's ability to supply blood to the penis, for instance, and it can also cause testosterone production to plummet.

The great news is, is that the research on weight loss and sexual dysfunction is constantly emerging, and there's growing evidence that men who get active, eat healthier foods, and pare a few pounds will see their sex lives improve -- and their overall health!


Change your lifestyle

Lifestyle changes can improve your condition, especially if you’re obese. Losing weight through a healthy diet and regular exercise can help you manage chronic health conditions and can also significantly improve your ED symptoms. Not to mention, getting healthier could have significant positive effects on your sexual performance!


Ways you can improve your lifestyle?

  • Lose weight, either through dieting, exercise or a combination of both. Weight loss is closely linked to improvements in erection quality and sexual performance, making a healthy body weight an important factor for improving your sex life.

  • Focus on cardiovascular health factors. Cardiovascular issues like hypertension (high blood pressure) and high cholesterol are closely linked to erectile dysfunction, making any improvement to your heart health a positive for your sexual performance. 

  • Exercise. Even if you aren’t aiming to lose weight, exercising regularly can improve your mood and help you relax during sexual activity, reducing the risk of performance anxiety and increasing your stamina.

Get a Medical Diagnosis

Only a professional medical diagnosis can determine if you have ED. At the Atlanta Medical Institute, our team offers confidential ED exams to diagnose your condition, and we specialize in developing treatment plans that work!

Embarrassed to seek treatment for ED? Don’t be! We understand that ED is a source of embarrassment for any man, but it is treatable, and the physicians at the AMI can help! As ED and weight loss specialists they work with men of all ages who are unhappy with their sexual performance and weight.

Schedule a discreet, comprehensive consultation with our Doctors at the Atlanta Medical Institute to learn about your treatment options. Call (404)800-0812 to set your consultation, or request an appointment online by clicking here.


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