Can Weight Loss Treat My ED?

Tuesday, 14 Jan 2014 04:49 PM

By Peter Hibberd, M.D.

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Question: I am 70 years old, in good health, but am overweight and have high blood pressure and high cholesterol (I take medication to manage both). I also have erectile dysfunction. My question: Can losing weight help? I don't want to take medication.

Dr. Hibberd's answer:

You are 70 years old, overweight, hypertensive, have high cholesterol, ED, and you want to know if weight loss will help you? You already know the answer: Yes! You are essentially a patient with a high risk for heart attack or stroke and have nothing to lose and everything to gain by losing weight.
 
Get started after a visit to your personal physician. Weight control will help improve your blood pressure and that alone may have a positive impact on your ED. Be aware that some commonly used blood pressure meds do cause ED, even at low doses. Medications used for weight loss are often not worth the expense or side effects, especially with your co-existing risks, so I would recommend changing your lifestyle, eating a healthy diet, and getting your weight under control.
 
Your cholesterol can also be managed and improved by adopting a healthier lifestyle and that may reduce your medication needs. Other options can be considered by your physician. For instance, you may want to ask your physician if a prescription ED pill or patch would be appropriate for you.
 
Often the presence of ED with your risk factors can lead to coronary artery disease or stroke, so be sure your doctor has screened you for these conditions. 

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