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Large waistline linked to urinary and erectile difficulties

Research in the British Journal of Urology International observed that men with larger waistlines experience urinary and sexual problems more often. The study focused on about 400 men, aged 40 to 91, diagnosed with lower urinary tract symptoms, such as frequent urination, a weak or intermittent stream, and straining to empty the bladder.

The larger the waistline, the more urinary symptoms the men reported. For example, 39% of men with waistlines over 40 inches urinated more than eight times in 24 hours, compared to 16% of
men with waistlines under
36 inches. Sexual symptoms, such as erectile dysfunction (ED) and difficulty with ejaculation, were also more common in men with the largest waists.

This study, which merely observed trends, cannot prove that expanding middles are actually causing the problems. However, it's nothing new that being overweight comes with increased health issues for men. Obesity does lower testosterone levels and could help explain the increased ED.

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