Nearly 74 percent of men are overweight or obese, according to estimates from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. While this subset of the male population is at greater risk for diabetes and heart disease, a beer belly can also lead to problems in the bedroom. Certain positions are off the sexual menu, but more importantly, a big stomach can lead to erectile dysfunction (ED). Discover the link between belly fat and ED and what you can do to alleviate the situation.
What is belly fat?
Belly fat is more than just fat cells directly under the skin as you might find in other areas of the body. The outside layer of belly fat is known as subcutaneous fat. Visceral fat is the belly fat that gets stored deep within your abdominal cavity, surrounding major organs such as the pancreas and the liver. Poor diet, lack of exercise, stress, alcohol intake, age and genetics can all play roles in