Here’s another reason why you should stay fit. Researchers said fat people make lousy lovers simply because overweight goes hand in hand with impotence.
A study funded by the National Cancer Institute, the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, and the American Cancer Society, found that inactive men were at risk for impotence or erectile dysfunction than men who exercised for at least 30 minutes a day. But those who were overweight or had a 42-inch waistline were nearly twice as likely to be hit as men with a 32-inch girth.
Impotence – also known as erectile dysfunction or erection difficulty – is the consistent inability to have and sustain an erection necessary for sex. It currently affects over 30 million Americans.
About 2,000 men aged between 51 and 88 were involved in the study. Of that number, 34 percent reported moderate to severe impotence. These men had large waistlines.
Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) also found strong links between obesity and impotence. When obesity was combined with smoking, the risk of impotence was even greater. (ref)
Reporting in The Journal of Urology, HSPH’s Constance Bacon said they studied more than 22,000 men aged between 40 and 75 who initially said they had good erections prior to smoking and being obese. After that, things started to go downhill. They also found that regular physical activity could lower the risk of impotence.
“We found a 2.5-fold difference in the risk of erectile dysfunction when we compared obese men who did little exercise with men who were not overweight and averaged 30 minutes of vigorous exercise a day. For men younger than 55, there was a four-fold difference in risk for the same comparison,” said co-researcher Eric Rimm.
More recently, the link between inactivity and impotence was confirmed by Johns Hopkins researchers. In their study published in The American Journal of Medicine, the researchers found a high prevalence of impotence among men with hypertension and diabetes.
“The researchers conducted the study to gauge the prevalence of erectile dysfunction amongst US males and to determine possible associations of cardiovascular risk factors, including lack of physical activity. Worryingly, they found that around 18 percent of men 20 years and older experienced erectile dysfunction (defined as ‘sometimes able’ or ‘never able’ to get and keep an erection),” said the people at AltPenis.Com.
To prevent impotence, eat the right foods, watch your weight, and exercise regularly. If you have the misfortune of being impotent, don’t despair since the condition is treatable. Seek medical help as early as possible to avoid complications later. One popular impotence remedy is Erectasil, a topical lotion designed to “lift” your spirits and your body so you can be where the action is.