Flag at half mast?

If you (or your man) don’t quite “ripple in the wind” like in the past, it might be something to see the doctor about.

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is more common in obese men.  This may be due to high blood pressure, diabetes, or high cholesterol.  Treating these problems with medications and lifestyle intervention can also help improve men’s sexual function.

Another reason to see the doctor is that the blood vessel problems causing ED can be an early warning sign that stroke or heart attack may lie ahead.  But again, controlling high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol can reduce the risk of future heart attack, as well as ED.

Adipose (fat) tissue in men also turns testosterone into estrogen.  Therefore, obese men may have less libido.  Sleep apnea, more common in men than women, and much more common with obesity, can lower testosterone levels, too.  So, talking to your doctor about sleep apnea may make sense it you’re obese, have a thick neck, snore a lot, have high blood pressure, and/or are over 55.

Losing weight can help restore testosterone levels in men.  Doing leg weight lifting exercises can raise testosterone as well.  Let’s see those flags strong and tall!


Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See vascularanesthesia.com for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

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