An obese person should not be discriminated and treated as if he is different from anyone else. He has to right to live, to enjoy life, and to eat more. But the issue on obesity is usually not centered on the over-all appearance of the person being plump, but it is more focused on how unhealthy his lifestyle has been and can get. Obesity is not normal; it is a disease condition that can initiate more grave disorders to happen.
Being obese is indeed a negative notion, because it only means that one did not exert extra effort to maintain the ideal body weight, and prevent a number of chronic illnesses to spawn.
One of the disorder associated with this condition is called Obesity Erectile Dysfunction that is being endured by more that fifteen million Americans nowadays. And every now and then, it gets worse and the number of those who are affected continues to increase.
The cause of the condition
Several factors and processes that continuously occur inside the body cause obesity erectile dysfunction. One of these factors is decreased blood flow to the penile area.
Obese persons usually experiences a decreased blood flow on their penile area, because of too much fat intake that can build up on blood vessels. When these fats are not burned out, they accumulate and eventually form a plaque that causes vessel infarction and blockage. When the blood vessels are blocked, the blood that carries nourishment, hormones, and oxygen, which are all necessary to stimulate erection, does not reach the organ, thus making the person impotent.
Another cause of obesity erectile dysfunction is when the compound, nitric oxide, is not released from the epithelial layer of the heart to stimulate the penis to erect. Furthermore, nitric oxide is responsible to dilate the blood vessels in the penis to allow blood flow to enter.
In the case of people with obesity erectile dysfunction, Nitric oxide was not released, because the epithelium was damaged by excessive insulin production that helps in the digestion of bad cholesterol. Obese persons have higher amounts of bad cholesterol; therefore, their insulin rate also escalates.
The signs and symptoms of the disease condition
A person suffering form obesity erectile dysfunction will obviously manifest symptoms of being obese. That is, he is overweight or heavy, looks plump, and his body fats are distributed unevenly throughout his body. There are also more adipose tissues than muscles. He may sweat more often, and continuous to engage himself on over eating.
Furthermore, the signs and symptoms of erectile dysfunction are also present. The most apparent one is that he cannot initiate or maintain erection throughout the course of the sexual activity. He may also experience some psychological dilemmas, such as confusion, depression and anxiety. Moreover, the person may feel week, helpless, empowered, and has a very low self-esteem that can lead to sexual malfunction.
If the case is severe, the person will not only manifest symptoms of erectile dysfunction, but also of other disease conditions that resulted secondary to obesity. Some of these chronic disease conditions are diabetes mellitus, myocardial infarction, atherosclerosis, and kidney problems.
How to mange the condition
The management of obesity erectile dysfunction is directed towards treating the underlying disorder, which is obesity, by eating a modified and healthy diet, as well as exercise.
If impotency is the major concern, the person can ask for an advice from his health care provider regarding the use of alternative therapy, herbal medicines, or other pharmacological agents.