Men with obesity and sleep apnea have decreased sexual quality of life

I used to have sleep apnea before I lost the weight (125 lbs).  My level of “desire” was pretty low.  Another recent study shows that obese men with sleep apnea have lower levels of testosterone in their blood. The men in the study, on average, were exactly the same weight I was at my greatest (337lbs).  The men in this study had severely decreased sexual quality of life; the bigger they were, the worse it was.

One symptom of sleep apnea is daytime sleepiness.  This man (waiting in the train station) probably sleeps better sitting up during the day than laying down at night.

Weight loss can improve sleep apnea, and improve men’s sexual function.  On the other hand, men with erectile dysfunction have increased chances of death, heart attack, and stroke!

If you want your “stuff” to keep working, work out, lose weight, and reduce saturated fats in your diet. If your “stuff” is not cooperating, see your doctor to ask if you should be evaluated for high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease.


Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See 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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