Losing weight improves sex drive and decreases urinary infections, say experts

5 August 2011

Men with type-2 diabetes could find losing weight improves erectile function and sexual desire while lowering the risk of urinary tract infections.

Either through weight loss surgery or exercise, the benefits of losing weight could have knock-on effects for people with urology incontinence as well as limiting cardio and heart problems, according to the study published today in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.

Examining 31 obese men with type-2 diabetes over eight weeks, the researchers from the University of Adelaide found that a modest weight loss of just five per cent resulted in a rapid turnaround in symptoms related to sexual and urinary problems.

"This important paper supports earlier publications that lifestyle is relevant and can positively affect sexual function," commented Irwin Goldstein, editor-in-chief of the journal.

Professor Gary Wittert, who led the research, added the evidence was consistent with the conclusion that "not only erectile function, but also lower urinary tract symptoms are a marker of cardio-metabolic risk".

Meanwhile, a recent paper in the American Dietetic Association journal claimed obesity could have an impact on neurological processes and be affected by genetic and environmental conditions - not just poor lifestyle choices.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

1 Wittert, et al. "Comparing Effects of a Low-energy Diet and a High-protein Low-fat Diet on Sexual and Endothelial Function, Urinary Tract Symptoms, and Inflammation in Obese Diabetic Men". The Journal of Sexual Medicine. Friday August 5th 2011.

2 Appelhans, Bradley M., et al. "Time to Abandon the Notion of Personal Choice in Dietary Counseling for Obesity?" Journal of the American Dietetic Association. August 2011.

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