Weight Loss Improves Erection In Men With Diabetes

By: Pat Prescott
Published: Aug 8, 2021

Men with diabetes and erectile distinction have an improved chance of erection with weight loss according to a new study. The study shows that diabetic men with obesity issues who were given two diets specially designed for weight loss for eight weeks improved their erectile function.

One diet consisted of a meal replacement, liquid low calorie based diet of 1000 calories a day.

The second consisted of a low fat, high protein diet with reduced carbs and calories reduced to 600 per day, which contained lots of fresh fruit, vegies and lean meats.

The researchers found that after 8 weeks on the first diet participants lost about 10 percent of their weight and waist line while those on the second they lost 5 percent.

Both diets improved plasma glucose, low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or so called bad cholesterol, Sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG), endothelial function, and International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF-5) among others in obese men with type 2 diabetes mellitus.

The findings of the study may be applicable to obese men without type 2 diabetes mellitus. In fact, a study similar to the current one, but involving obese men without diabetes also found weight loss led to better sexual function at least in one third of obese men with erectile dysfunction.

“Medication is expensive, medical care is expensive, here’s a lifestyle change that’s quick, cheap, easy, and can improve health substantially beyond anything that medication can do,” Wittert said.

“This study adds to the case that lifestyle changes should be a first course of treatment when men complain of erectile dysfunction,” said Dr. Hunter Wessells, chairman of urology at the University of Washington School of Medicine. “Even setting diabetes aside,” Wessells said, “obese men have one and a half times the risk of erectile dysfunction.” He also said that he sees more kidney stones and urinary incontinence in obese individuals.

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