Loss of libido sign of serious problems

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Men who are overweight are at higher risk of erectile dysfunction and loss of libido, which in turn is a precursor of cardio vascular diseases within 2-5 years, according to Urologist Herman Leliefeld.In his book, "Late onset Hypogonadism, a new disease?"  Leliefeld describes the symptoms overweight can cause.

Hypogonadism is a condition in which the body doesn't produce enough testosterone and/or sperm. One may be born with the condition or it may develop later in life. Belly fat destroys testosterone. Low levels of testosterone may result in loss of muscle mass, mood swings, osteoporosis, sleeping disorders, fatigue, depression, decreased libido, a decrease in sexual fantasies, and less erections. 6 percent of men in their sixties suffer from low testosterone levels. However, 30 to 50 percent of men in the same age group who are overweight, suffer from loss of libido and erectile dysfunction. 'Men with diabetes and/or cardio vascular diseases, as well as smokers, often experience erectile problems in the two to five years before the diagnosis of their condition,' said Leliefeld. It makes sense since the diameter of the vessels to the penis are only half the size of the cardiac artery, so they clog up first. The urologist pleads for making a heart film and checking the cholesterol and testosterone levels in overweight men who experience erectile dysfunction. Leliefeld took the "sex" approach because he thinks people will be more inclined to listen. Despite all the attention for high blood pressure, cardio vascular diseases, high cholesterol, and diabetes, the number of overweight men has doubled in the past twenty years, from 30 to 60 percent.

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