ASK DR.K: I Can't See My Toes

Updated: Mar 11

Dear Dr. K, How does being overweight affect ED?

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Most men, unless they are “genetically blessed” or are committed fitness junkies, tend to put on weight as they age, especially around the waist. That “spare tire” causes a multi-pronged attack on a guy’s erection as well as his general health.

Being overweight is usually associated with other medical problems, among which are high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, and diabetes - hallmarks of metabolic syndrome.

What specifically is going on in fat cells that causes problems?

First, fall cell metabolism tends to produce toxic “free radicals.” These molecules cause inflammatory damage to the cells lining your blood vessels. These microinflammatory injuries are “repaired” by cholesterol molecules which leads to the fo