August 7, 2011 – An Australian weight loss study led by Professor Gary Wittert, MD from the University of Adelaide studied for eight weeks thirty-one obese men who had type 2 diabetes. The men were fed either a high-protein, low fat carbohydrate reduced diet or a low-calorie meal replacement based diet prescribed to lower the daily consumption of calories by 600.
The results were those that lost 5% of overall weight had rapid reversal of urinary and sexual problems within the eight week period. Erectile dysfunction is common in men associated with obesity and type 2 diabetes.
Any condition that causes problems with blood vessels can cause erectile dysfunction. The small arteries that are all round the penis are some of the first ones damaged. Weight loss is linked to the decrease of many different chronic illnesses and it now shows from the study that a modest weight loss can possibly eliminate the need for erectile dysfunction medicine.
Today with oral drugs being very popular this study shows that weight loss can be an important non-pharmacologic intervention in restoring urinary tract and erectile function as well as cardiovascular health. Participants also experienced fewer problems with urinary tract infections during the study after they had lost the weight.