Obesity is blamed for health ailments aplenty, almost affecting every bodily system and function, including sexual function. While we tend to accept that obesity is a major contributor to erectile dysfunction (ED), why is it?
Excessive weight is a direct and indirect contributor to ED, explained Justin Houman, M.D., a urologist and men's sexual and reproductive health specialist at Tower Urology in Los Angeles. He delved into some statistics related to body mass index (BMI), a measure of body fat based on weight and height:
- Of men who have erectile dysfunction, 79 percent have a BMI of 25 or greater—25 marks the start of the overweight range.
- If your BMI is between 25 and 30, you have a 1.5-times increased risk of ED.
- If your BMI is 30 or greater, which is considered obese, you have three times the risk of experiencing ED.
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