Relationship Between Obesity and Erectile Dysfunction (Impotence)

Stopping the occurrence of erectile dysfunction due to obesity is not that difficult. Determination, living healthy and eating healthy can result in a healthy sex life in the shortest time possible.

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How Obesity can harm you

Why Obesity Causes Erectile Dysfunction ?

How Erectile Dysfunction due to Obesity is Explained in Ayurveda ?

Treatment for Erectile Dysfunction due to Obesity.

How Obesity can harm you

There are a lot of known causes for male sexual dysfunction. ( Read Ayurvedic Medicines and Treatment for Erectile dysfunction ). Illnesses like diabetes ( Read Natural Ayurvedic Remedies for Erectile Dysfunction in Diabetes ) and high blood pressure ( Relationship Between High blood Pressure and Erectile Dysfunction ) can cause this condition as does obesity ( Ayurvedic Herbs, Medicine and Treatment for Obesity ). Obesity is a condition that is brought about by an unhealthy lifestyle characterised by overeating of fatty foods and an extreme lack of activity. A person who is obese is overweight and plump, with body fat unevenly distributed, throughout his body. It is not seldom that a person who is obese would also suffer from psychological distress brought about by feelings of confusion, depression, stress and anxiety ( Stress and Anxiety Management Through Ayurveda ). Obesity is a condition which not only bring about impotence, but also other chronic illnesses, such as myocardial infraction, atherosclerosis, and kidney problems.

Why Obesity Causes Erectile Dysfunction ?

Obesity related sexual dysfunction is caused primarily by lack of blood circulation in the penile area. This is usually brought about by excessive fat that builds up and blocks the small blood vessels, causing a decreased flow of blood through the veins in the penis. The lack of blood circulation also starves the organ of the necessary nourishment, hormones, and oxygen to stimulate erection. All these result from the excess fat that is not burned out by the body and clogs blood vessels.

Another cause for obesity erectile dysfunction is the inability of obese people to release nitric oxide due to epithelium damage. Nitric oxide is a necessary chemical that causes the penile muscles to relax and allow blood flow to enter and achieve erection. In people suffering from obesity erectile dysfunction, the epithelial layer of the heart that stimulates erection is unable to release nitric oxide because of excessive damage resulting from excessive insulin production for metabolising bad cholesterol. This too can be stopped by controlling cholesterol build up ( Increased Cholesterol and Erectile Dysfunction – Ayurveda Treatment ) which consequently controls insulin production of the body.

How Erectile Dysfunction due to Obesity is Explained in Ayurveda ?

Scientists through various studies have found that there is a strong link between obesity and erectile dysfunction. They have found that when men follow a weight loss ( 5 Best Ayurvedic Weight Loss Secrets ) regimen their quality of sexual life improves. Loss of fat improves blood circulation and strengthens cardio vascular system.

Even in ancient texts of Ayurveda a strong link between body fat and potency of man has been mentioned. Medha dhatu ( Ayurveda Medha Dhatu or Body Fat ) or body fat when get vitiated can decrease shukra dhatu or semen ( Ayurveda Definition of Shukra Dhatu (semen ) ) and can cause claibya or impotence.

A study which was conducted in 2001 – 2007 on 2000 men who complained of erectile dysfunction showed that loss of weight improved blood flow to male genital organ. Higher the degree of obesity lower was the blood flow to penis. In this study many obese men showed low level of testosterone ( Natural Ayurvedic Ways to Increase Testosterone ). Testosterone is the principle sexual hormone in a male. Testosterone increases libido ( Top Ayurvedic Foods That Boost Testosterone Level and Libido ), blood flow, and energy.

Apart from these, obesity increases the risk of diabetes and hypertension. It is very common to find erectile dysfunction in diabetes. Sedentary work, not exercising regularly, unhealthy diet and stress cause obesity. Same causes have been explained in Ayurveda as reasons for obesity. It has been said that Avyayama (not exercising), atyashana (eating more food), madhurahara (sweets), atinidrata (sleeping excessively) etc can cause obesity which leads to impotence

Treatment for Erectile Dysfunction due to Obesity

Treating obesity erectile dysfunction is best done through treating the root cause of the condition which is obesity. Diet and exercise are simple enough solutions to this condition. But much effort has to be exerted by one who is obese in sticking to a strict diet and exercise regimen to bring results. Eating food rich in vitamins and minerals necessary for stress-reduction and enhanced blood circulation can help put a stop to erectile dysfunction due to obesity. Vitamins C, E and B complex and zinc ( Zinc (Jasada Bhasma) in Ayurveda- for Erectile Dysfunction , PCOS ) are essential minerals for cholesterol reduction, blood circulation stimulation, and energy and protein metabolism. Herbal medicines are also found to be effective in providing cure for erectile dysfunction.

Ashwagandha ( Ayurveda Health Benefits and Uses of Ashwagandha ), Mucuna (kapikacchu) ( Ayurveda Health Benefits and Uses of Kapikacchu- Mucuna Pruriens ), Amla ( Ayurveda Medicinal Properties and Uses of Amla ), Safed Musli ( Ayurveda Health Benefits, Uses of Safed Musli ), Vidari Kanda ( Ayurveda Benefits and Uses of Vidarikanda or Pueraria Tuberosa / Indian Kudzu ), guduchi ( Ayurveda Health Benefits and Uses of Guduchi or Giloy) , Gingko biloba and ginseng are among those herbal cures recommended for treatment of the condition. These natural ways of improving erectile dysfunction are recognized as the best way to deal with the condition as they have no side effects and are widely available.

Stopping the occurrence of obesity erectile dysfunction is something that is not difficult to do with right amounts of determination. Obesity erectile dysfunction, in fact, is the least of the health problems an obese person would have to find solutions for. Living healthy and eating healthy can result in a healthy sex life in the shortest time possible.

Maintaining good physical health through various cardiovascular exercise and weight loss programmes are an effective method in fighting erectile dysfunction. The process of erection begins when blood rushes to male genital organ. Increased blood pressure and low testosterone affect the flow of blood causing loss of erection. Weight loss improves testosterone level. ( Does Weight Loss Increase Testosterone in Men? )

Here are few ayurvedic weight loss tips which help to improve sexual life of obese men.

  1. Drink a glass of warm water as soon as you wake up in early morning with a half lemon squeezed into it. You can add a tea spoon of honey ( Ayurveda Health Benefits and Uses of Honey ) if you are not a diabetic.
  2. Go for a brisk walk for 45 minutes after this. Walking is the best exercise for men who have impotence ( Benefits of Walking for Men Suffering From Impotence ).
  3. Avoid alcohol and quit smoking ( Relation Between Smoking and Erectile Dysfunction in Men ). Both these are detrimental to your sexual life. Smoking and erectile dysfunction have a strong link.
  4. Include green vegetables, fresh fruits in your diet.
  5. Say no to junk foods and oily foods.
  6. Keep sweets, ice creams, aerated drinks and soft drinks at bay.
  7. Use ginger ( Ayurveda Health Benefits of Ginger ), cumin seeds ( Ayurveda Health Benefits of Jeera or Cumin Seeds ) and fennel seeds ( Ayurveda Health Benefits of Fennel or Saunf ) in diet. These are natural fat burners.
  8. Our Vajikarana Kit for Obese men helps to reduce weight and increase libido.

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Author: Dr.Savitha Suri , Consultant Ayurvedic Physician

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