Study Suggests Weight Loss May Improve the Sex Lives of Diabetic Men

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Are those pesky five to 10 pounds getting in the way of your sexual enjoyment?

New research suggests the best cure for overweight diabetic men dealing with sexual issues is to shed those extra pounds.

Published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, the study of 31 men found those who lost between 5 to 10 percent of their body weight over a two-month period reported significant improvement with erectile dysfunction. There was also an increase in overall sex drive.

The study group was composed entirely of men diagnosed as having Type 2 diabetes. The average age of the participants was 60 years old.

Many in the group also indicated an improvement with lower urinary tract problems as they lost weight.

“Men who lost 5 to 10 percent of their body

weight reported significant improvement.”

The men in the study received either a reduced carbohydrate diet or a low-calorie diet of meal substitutes intended to reduce their daily intake by 600 calories.

Each group member used daily food diaries and was provided with a menu plan and detailed diet information, as well as training on how to cook healthy.

Co-author Dr. Gary Wittert, from the University of Adelaide in Australia, said the results maintained for a full year.

According to the study, the authors were quite impressed with the results, noting, “Erectile function improved or normalized completely in a significant proportion of our subjects.”

Irwin Goldstein, the journal’s editor-in-chief, noted that while the use of erectile dysfunction pills is common and helpful, the same results can likely be achieved through healthier living.

“At a time when oral drugs are very popular, it can now be shown that weight loss is an important nonpharmacologic therapeutic intervention in restoring erectile and urinary function and cardiovascular health,” Goldstein said.


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