According to research published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine, shedding even just a few pounds, as little as five percent, produces overall healthier sex lives for diabetic men.
Males with diabetes are prone to having sexual and bladder problems due to poor blood flow or nerve damage, and as much as three fourths of those who have the disease can have erectile dysfunction or E.D.. E.D. in diabetic men progresses 10 to 15 years sooner than in healthy men, according to the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse.
Over a period of eight weeks, 31 men with Type 2 diabetes were involved in the study conducted by researchers from the University of Adelaide. 19 of them were put on a low-calorie meal replacement diet of just 900 calories a day, while the other 12 were put under a low-fat, high-protein, reduced-carbohydrate diet of 600 calories a day.
In just two months, those under the low-calorie diet lost as much as 10 percent of their body weight, whereas those under the low-fat, high-protein and reduced carbohydrate diet lost just around 5 percent body weight. Despite the disparity, though, the percent had no bearing on the participants’ improved sexual functions and decline in urinary problems.
This shows that even from a few pounds lost, considerable improvement in sexual health and bladder problems can be achieved. Weight loss can trigger reduced inflammation, increased testosterone levels, increased blood flow, heightened sexual desire, improved erections and less urinary problems.
Sources: • August 8, 2011. Tara Parker-Pope. “Weight Loss Improves Sex for Diabetic Men” well.blogs.nytimes.com • August 5, 2011. “Weight Loss May Boost Sex Life of Obese, Diabetic Men” News.yahoo.com • August 5, 2011. Sarah C.P. Williams. “Sex Lives of Diabetic Men Improve with Weight Loss” livescience.com