Dr. Ramsey M. Dallal, from Albert Einstein Healthcare Network, Philadelphia, and colleagues may have found the key to regaining sexual function in obese men.
While there are serious health complications in men undergoing surgical weight loss procedures, Dallal nonetheless offers evidence supporting the conclusion that sexual function loss in obese men can be reversed after having gastric bypass surgery.
Of the 97 obese men experiencing sexual dysfunction due to obesity, 100% of them saw improved function following gastric bypass surgery.
After losing an average of two-thirds of their excess weight, men experienced improved sexual function in direct correlation with amount of weight lost. Dallal and colleagues “estimate that a man who is morbidly obese has the same degree of sexual dysfunction as a non-obese man about 20 years older.”
After recovering from gastric bypass surgery, men show signs of improved sexual health in line with the average male in their age bracket.
Dallal recognizes sexual function as a reversible condition and also plans to explore the female connection between obesity and sexual health.