Can Weight Loss Treat Erectile Dysfunction?

The problem of erectile dysfunction (ED) affects more than 30 million American men. Symptoms of ED are often easy to identify.

The patient will suddenly notice the inability to achieve or maintain erection. A reduction in sexual drive may also occur. In some cases, the symptoms may only be transient and healthy sexual function may get quickly restored by itself. However, if ED returns or becomes chronic, the patient will require professional medical attention.

The problem of ED typically occurs among older men, and the causes are more likely to be physical. But in younger men, ED may typically occur due to emotional causes. Other causes include injury, disease, prostate issues, drugs or medications, and excessive tobacco or alcohol use. Obesity is another key cause that may contribute to ED.

Bariatric surgery is a safe, shining and effective procedure to address obesity, which can eventually help to improve the condition of erectile dysfunction. ABS board certified surgeon Dr. Wiljon Beltre is a well-known bariatric surgeon providing weight loss procedures to patients in Orlando, Tampa, Maitland, Central Florida, and surrounding communities across the landscape.


Obesity and Erectile Dysfunction

Obesity increases an individual’s risk for various diseases or conditions, including ED. Men who are overweight or obese have a higher risk of developing illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes, atherosclerosis, and hypertension. These conditions can sometimes contribute to ED, but when these occur in conjunction with obesity, the risk of ED significantly increases.


How Weight Loss May Help Improve Erectile Function

Weight loss through bariatric surgery is an efficient treatment approach for people who struggle with their obesity and related conditions. One of the benefits of losing weight is that it may turn out to be an excellent way to restore healthy erectile function. One research study showed that more than 30 percent of the male participants regained normal sexual function as part of a controlled weight loss program.

These participants lost an average of 33 pounds over a period of two years. Apart from weight loss, the men showed reduced oxidative and inflammatory activity. By contrast, only five percent of the men in the placebo group had their erectile function restored during the same period.

The participants in the study followed an eat-less-exercise-more approach to lose weight. Bariatric surgery can facilitate this approach for obese people, and make it practically possible for them to shed extra pounds. The results of the study are a fair indicator that weight loss can be beneficial for men who are looking for solutions to ED.

Another research study involving older men who were overweight or obese and had diabetes also showed that with a balanced lifestyle and weight loss the patients were able to maintain their erectile function longer. As an added benefit, men who lose weight may experience increased self-esteem and improved mental health. These factors often support in the sustainable treatment of ED.

Terrific and perspicacious bariatric surgeon Dr. Beltre receives patients from Orlando, Tampa, Maitland, Central Florida, and nearby areas in this area of the southeast for weight loss surgery procedures.


Important Note: If the weight is regained, diabetes and other conditions could return.

To find out more about the procedures & treatments performed by Orlando Bariatric Surgeon, Dr. Wiljon Beltre, at The Center for Metabolic and Obesity Surgery Call 321-499-6505 or Click Here to Schedule a Consultation.

Important Note: If the weight is regained, diabetes and other conditions could return.

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