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Wider Waistlines Put Damper on Men's Sex Lives: Study
Date:8/1/2012

ile dysfunction and 21 percent had problems ejaculating, the survey indicated.

The study also found that the men with larger waists were affected by more frequent urination. Almost four out of every 10 men with the largest waist measurements urinated more than eight times in 24 hours. In comparison, this was true for only 27 percent of men with waistlines measuring between 36 and 40 inches and just 16 percent of men with the smallest waist size.

Although the researchers are uncertain about why obesity is linked to sexual and urinary problems, they suggested changes in blood flow to the pelvis may be a contributing factor. They also speculated that changes in hormone levels due to obesity could also play a role.

"We now have an expanded understanding of how obesity can impact the health of men, and a simple way to recognize which men might be affected in these ways," concluded Kaplan. "This adds even more importance to the recommendation that men should maintain a healthy weight for their overall well-being."

The researchers added that losing weight could improve men's sexual and urinary health. They noted that after their study was completed, additional research also revealed that trimming just two-and-a-half inches from the waistline could dramatically improve men's sexual dysfunction and frequent urination.

The findings offer doctors a simple way to determine which men may be at greater risk for sexual dysfunction or urinary problems, the study's authors said. "Measuring a man's waistline is easy, noninvasive and does not require extensive testing," Kaplan noted.

In addition to urinary and sexual dysfunction, men with larger waists are also more likely to be affected by coronary artery disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol, the study authors found.

The study was published in the August issue of the British Journal of Urology International.

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