erectile-dysfunctionYes, Obesity Affects Erectile Dysfunction (ED)

Erectile dysfunction is one of the most sensitive conditions that most men will ever have to deal with. In addition to the physical problem itself, it can also bring with it a large number of emotional and mental issues as well. When suffering from any type of erectile dysfunction it is common for men to feel inadequate and less like a man. However, there are a growing number of ways that conditions like erectile dysfunction can be treated and even prevented. We are not just talking about Viagra and other drugs – in fact, we recently came across a very interesting article that discusses the links between obesity and erectile dysfunction.

The entire article, titled ‘Lifestyle and Metabolic Approaches to Maximizing Erectile and Vascular Health‘ is available from Nature.com if you are interested in reading it in full, but allow us to summarize what we took from reading it.

Decreased Vascular Nitric Oxide

The article outlines how both oxidative stress and inflammation can cause disruption in the production of Nitric Oxide in the body. It also indicates that lower than normal levels of Nitric Oxide can be a major factor in various vascular diseases including erectile dysfunction. Studies have shown that almost all men suffering from erectile dysfunction are also suffering from a decreased level of vascular Nitric Oxide that has been closely linked to smoking, abdominal obesity and a diet that is high in fat and/or sugars.

Combating Low Nitric Oxide Levels

The article goes on to discuss how engaging in frequent exercise and eating a healthier diet can actually increase the production of vascular Nitric Oxide resulting in more frequent erections. Weight loss is also going to help with the problem. Aside from improving or even eliminating ED, increasing exercise and losing weight will also benefit in reducing hypertension, lowering the risk of cardiac arrest and heart disease and improving overall vascular health and longevity.

Erectile dysfunction can also be a symptom of a testosterone deficiency. If that is the case, then hormone replacement therapy and the incorporation of a exercise and weight loss plan can also help to maximize the results.

Get in touch with us today by calling (303) 460-0867 (NHRCC.com) if you are interested in discussing treatment options in regard to erectile dysfunction.