Sexual problems are among the more common side effects associated with type 2 diabetes. Many men who have the metabolic condition experience difficulties in the bedroom, which can have a major impact on their quality of life.
However, new diabetes research shows that a modest amount of weight loss may help men improve their sexual health.
There are many reasons why a man should want to improve his sexual health, not the least of which is the fact that it is closely tied to overall well-being. Numerous studies have shown a strong correlation between a person’s sex life and his or her overall health.
For the present study, researchers from the University of Adelaide in Australia analyzed the effect of various diets on 31 obese men with type 2 diabetes. All men reported sexual problems and some had urinary tract symptoms. Participants were assigned to either a low-calorie or low-fat diet.
The researchers reported in the Journal of Sexual Medicine that regardless of the type of diet a man was assigned to, if he lost at least 5 percent of his body weight he experienced significant sexual improvements. Additionally, the majority of urinary problems dissipated.
Results showing that weight loss can improve a man’s sexual health are nothing new. Many studies have made this point. However, the researchers said their findings are unique in that they prove a man can make significant improvements after a very modest amount of weight loss.
"At a time when oral drugs are very popular, it can now be shown that weight loss is an important non-pharmacologic therapeutic intervention in restoring erectile and urinary function and cardiovascular health,” said Irwin Goldstein, editor-in-chief of the Journal.
Additionally, the findings may show men who struggle with sexual and urinary problems caused by type 2 diabetes that they have options. It is not necessary to struggle with these types of issues. A good diabetes management strategy also appears to be an effective plan for improving sexual health.