Erection problems due to excess weight

There are many men in the Netherlands who suffer from erection problems. Overweight men are more at risk of erection problems because less of the male hormone testosterone is produced. Erectile dysfunction can have a major impact on a relationship and on a man’s self-esteem. However, there is a lot that can be done by adjusting your lifestyle. Losing 5 to 10 percent of your body weight can ensure that a man can get an erection again.

Physical cause

A man’s sexual health suffers when he is overweight. Research has shown that the cause can mainly be explained by physical factors and not by psychological problems. Overweight men are more likely to suffer from erection problems. In cases of serious obesity, the belly may literally get in the way. But it has been found that the fatter men become, the lower the level of the male hormone testosterone in the blood. Fat men are more likely to have abnormal blood flow to their penis than slim men, which means less blood can enter the penis to get an erection. This probably has to do with high blood pressure if you are overweight.

Psychological factors

If there is an erection problem, it can cause psychological problems. Almost every man has experienced that the penis becomes less stiff or becomes flaccid earlier than normal. This is something that comes with growing older. If the cause is obesity, it can also occur in younger men. This can have a major impact on a man’s self-confidence. Yet in a large minority of cases a psychological problem is the cause. The man can visit a sexologist for this.

Problems in the relationship

Erectile dysfunction can have a major impact on the relationship. A man often sees sex as an achievement and he does not want to do his partner a disservice. The pressure to perform can cause the man to concentrate so much on getting an erection that this is at the expense of the pleasure of sex. As a result, satisfying sex may no longer be possible. It can even lead to the man trying to avoid sex and therefore avoiding any form of intimacy.

Adjust lifestyle

If excess weight is the cause of this problem, then it is necessary to lose weight. Research has shown that if a man loses 5 to 10 percent of his weight, the body is better able to achieve an erection. Losing weight not only helps you get rid of annoying problems, but it also makes you feel fitter and your body looks better. If libido is also a problem, a healthy lifestyle will help restore your desire for sex.

Blood supply to the penis

The blood supply to the penis is also negatively affected by smoking, high cholesterol, diabetes, high blood pressure, excessive use of alcohol, drugs and certain medications. It takes some time to get testosterone levels back up, but positive results are often noticeable quickly.

Healthy blood vessels

To get an erection, the blood flow to the penis must be good. A healthy lifestyle that involves maintaining a good weight, eating healthily, exercising sufficiently, not smoking and having as little stress as possible makes a good contribution to healthy blood vessels. Erectile dysfunction often indicates that there is a disorder of all blood vessels in the body. It appears that approximately 20 percent of men with erectile dysfunction will develop cardiovascular disease within 5 years.

Erection pills

If lifestyle adjustments do not (yet) produce the desired results and the cause is a physical problem, there are options to treat it. There are different types of erection pills available that promote erection. But not everyone should use these pills because there are some risks involved. There are a lot of illegal pills on the market that may contain unhealthy substances. It is not always clear what the precise composition is and some substances should not be used in combination with other medicines. If erection pills no longer work, there is still the option of injection therapy or an erection pump.

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