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The link between obesity and male potency dates from the Byzantine era, when it was thought that a large stomach impaired a man's ability to have sexual intercourse. Today, researchers have associated excess abdominal fat, cardiovascular disease, high blood lipids and type-2 diabetes with erectile dysfunction.

This new finding may be an important motivational tool for obese men to lose weight! Obese men with erectile dysfunction (ED) are shown to have low levels of hormones, such as testosterone. A correlation between certain conditions associated with obesity, particularly hypertension, are the most important determinants of obesity-related ED.

The study involved over 2,000 male patients who underwent treatment at an outpatient clinic for sexual dysfunction. Obesity was significantly associated with a higher physical contribution to ED, while there was no difference seen with relational or psychological problems.
As the level of obesity increased, levels of testosterone decreased. Obese patients were also more likely to have abnormalities in penile blood flow. Psychological disturbances related to obesity did not seem to play a major role in developing obesity-related ED.

It seems that sexual health is obviously linked to overall health, and that improving general health would improve erectile function (dys)functioning.

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Yes, there is a strong link between obesity and erectile dysfunction. Obesity generally relates itself to hypertension (high blood pressure), which in turn reduces the blood flow to the penile organ, preventing a sustainable erection. As the amount of fat accumulated inside the penile arteries affect the blood flow, men often fail to get an erection.

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