Erectile dysfunction

Updated 06 March 2017

Big-bellied men have flagging libido

If you still need an incentive to lose weight, look no further than a drooping libido.

A burgeoning waistline equals a flaccid love life. That may seem like a maxim to those gym rats who worship their abs and arguably place definition over chemistry. But there’s scientific evidence that obesity causes erectile dysfunction.

The American Urological Association says that men with a 42-inch waistline are nearly twice as likely to be hit with the dreaded downtime as those with a 32-inch girth.

In a study of nearly 2 000 men aged between 51 and 88, more 34% with severe erectile dysfunction were overweight.

The study, funded by the National Cancer Institute, the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute and the American Cancer Society, also found that inactive men were more likely to suffer erectile dysfunction than men who exercised for at least 30 minutes a day.

The main causes of erectile dysfunction are excessive drinking, smoking and being obese. - (William Smook)

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Dr Kenny du Toit is a urologist practicing in Rondebosch, Cape Town. He is also consultant at Tygerberg hospital, where he is a senior lecturer at Stellenbosch University. He is a member of the South African Urological Association, Colleges of Medicine South Africa and Société Internationale d’Urologie. Board registered with both the HPCSA (Health professions council of South Africa) and GMC (General medical council UK). He has a keen interest in oncology, kidney stones and erectile dysfunction.

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