Obesity is a serious problem that affects a large part of the world’s population. The figures speak for themselves since, according to the WHO, more than 1,400 billion adults worldwide are overweight. It is a global problem that some experts believe should be considered a disease.
Some of the consequences that excess weight generates in our body are severe, such as the following:
– Breathing difficulties, which may eventually lead to obstructive sleep apnea. This occurs when the air flow is reduced or stopped during sleep as a result of a narrowing or blockage of the air ways
– Heart problems caused by a build-up of fat in the arteries, which prevents the blood from circulating properly
– Increased levels of sugar and cholesterol and the resulting risks this brings about
Effects on the libido and limitations in men and women
One of the areas in which being overweight has a significant impact, which is often overlooked, is our sexual health. It is a situation that affects men and women alike, although in a different way.
The first effect of obesity in both genders is a decrease in intensity in testosterone -the hormone responsible for regulating sex drive. This hormone sees its levels reduced, which leads to a decrease in libido, and we may subsequently suffer a lack of sexual drive.
As we have already pointed out, the excess fat on artery walls can cause circulation problems in our body, which in the case of males could result in erectile dysfunction.
There is a large number of cases of obese patients who encounter difficulties in maintaining an erection. As far as women are concerned, circulatory problems may result in a loss of sensitivity during intercourse. In such cases, poor blood flow means that not enough blood reaches the clitoris during lovemaking, leading to the previously mentioned loss of sensitivity.
Being overweight limits all physical activity and therefore also affects the act of sex, which has a significant cardiovascular load. This scenario will in the medium term pose a barrier in sex, since sexual positions are reduced to a minimum due to exhaustion or certain physical limitations.
Being overweight could also weigh us down when having children
The bad news is that the problems are not just confined to the area of sexual pleasure, but may also restrict us from getting and carrying a pregnancy to full term.
Obesity has been linked to a greater risk of suffering Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), one of the main problems of women who want to become pregnant.
At Best Doctors, we believe that a balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle are vital in order to tackle and prevent any health problems. In any case, your peace of mind is assured when you have the best specialists in the world at your disposal.