Reviewed by Varnada Karriem-Norwood on May 29, 2012

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Sheldon Marks, MD Urologist; Male Infertility Specialist, Prostate Cancer Specialist, Microsurgical Vasectomy Reversal Specialist, Tucson, Ariz.

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: What's the connection between a healthy lifestyle and a good sex life?

Sheldon Marks, MD: Well they're directly related. If you take care of yourself, you will have great erections, a great sex drive, and a very healthy, happy, successful sex life. If on the other hand you're abusive, you do drugs, you smoke, you drink, you eat too much, those things will all come back to haunt you and will impact probably not only on your lifespan, your quality of life, but on your sexual life. An interesting thing about weight gain that most people don't understand is that as men gain weight primarily in their gut, the fat cells in their gut convert the testosterone to estrogen. The estrogen is a fat-storing hormone, so they end up building in more fat, that ends up with more estrogen. So you really aren't dropping the testosterone as you're altering the balance. So it's important that men are aware of that and do whatever they can to prevent that extra weight because it has impact on every aspect of their life.