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If you’re overweight and want help with erectile dysfunction (ED), you may want to check your:

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  • Testosterone: It helps boost sex drive. Obesity can lower it in men.
  • Vascular health: If blood can’t go where it needs to be, you won’t get an erection.
  • Medications: Some can cause ED.
  • Psychological health: Stress and depression can bring on ED, and so can anxiety or guilt about sex. Therapy may help you and your partner.
  • Exercise level: Regular exercise can lower stress and may cut your ED risk.

SOURCES:

American College of Sports Medicine: “Boost Your Mood at Least Half the Day with Physical Activity.”

American Journal of Epidemiology: “Is Obesity Associated with Major Depression?”

Cleveland Clinic: “Erectile Dysfunction and Lifestyle Changes,” “What Causes Erectile Dysfunction?”

Harvard Health Blog: "Erectile dysfunction often a warning sign of heart disease."

Harvard Men’s Health Watch: “Obesity: Unhealthy and Unmanly.”

Journal of Health Psychology: “6 x 40 mins exercise improves body image, even though body weight and shape do not change.”

Medline Plus, "Drugs that May Cause Impotence."

Reviews in Urology: “Relationship between Testosterone and Erectile Dysfunction.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on January 29, 2018

SOURCES:

American College of Sports Medicine: “Boost Your Mood at Least Half the Day with Physical Activity.”

American Journal of Epidemiology: “Is Obesity Associated with Major Depression?”

Cleveland Clinic: “Erectile Dysfunction and Lifestyle Changes,” “What Causes Erectile Dysfunction?”

Harvard Health Blog: "Erectile dysfunction often a warning sign of heart disease."

Harvard Men’s Health Watch: “Obesity: Unhealthy and Unmanly.”

Journal of Health Psychology: “6 x 40 mins exercise improves body image, even though body weight and shape do not change.”

Medline Plus, "Drugs that May Cause Impotence."

Reviews in Urology: “Relationship between Testosterone and Erectile Dysfunction.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on January 29, 2018

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