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Q: obeisity and low sex drive in middle age males ( too much estrogen) ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: obeisity and low sex drive in middle age males ( too much estrogen)
Category: Health > Men's Health
Asked by: fredboy-ga
List Price: $40.00
Posted: 16 Aug 2005 14:15 PDT
Expires: 15 Sep 2005 14:15 PDT
Question ID: 556516
My doc today said he suspects my cause here is 50 pounds extra around the belly
reducing my "drive" rather than ( tho we took blood for) low testosterone !
Said fat causes extra estrogen in men-a sure libido killer...lose the weight
get your drive back-that simple

Any confirmation out there????????

Id rather go this route than hormone supp which I think are dangerous
and an expensive pain to administer..this is GREAT news:
This is more in my control with diet and excersise ( which will solve a host
of other issues as well)

Does my GP have it on the money here?????

Subject: Re: obeisity and low sex drive in middle age males ( too much estrogen)
Answered By: umiat-ga on 16 Aug 2005 16:51 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello, fredboy-ga!

Losing weight is certainly worth a try. It is impressive that your
doctor offered this as a first step, rather than encouraging you to
dive right in to hormone therapy. Obesity can lead to so many other
serious diseases that a concerted effort to lose the weight and see
how it impacts your sex drive is an excellent first step to
approaching a solution to your problem. If further tests determine
that your testosterone levels are, in fact, low, then hormone therapy
might be a consideration. Either way, you should consider losing the
excess weight for the long-term health benefits.

I found a few articles that specifically mention a correlation between
obesity and increased estrogen levels in males. There are also several
articles confirming the relation of obesity to a lowered sex drive.


From "Breast Cancer in Men." Fact Sheet #43. September 2001

"Obese men have higher levels of estrogen in their bodies because fat
cells produce estrogen from other hormones. Risk increases, from three
to five times that of average weight men, have been reported for very
obese men."


From "Male Menopause" - Does It Exist?" by RoseMarie Pierce, B.Sc.
Pharm., "The Holistic Pharmacist"

"In many cases, obesity, especially in the abdominal area, is
attributed to male hormonal imbalances. Fat cells contain large
amounts of the aromatase enzyme, and estrogen is stored and
manufactured in fat. Fat cells synthesize the aromatase enzyme,
causing male hormones to be converted to estrogen.  Therefore, an
increase in fat will cause estrogen levels to go up. Eating high-fat
foods may reduce the levels of free (active) testosterone.  A
fat-containing meal can reduce free testosterone levels for about 4
hours.  Central obesity (potbelly) is recognized as a risk factor for
cardiovascular disease and type II diabetes. Obese men suffer from
testosterone deficiency caused by the production of excess aromatase
enzyme in fat cells and also from the fat they consume in their diet."

"Medical doctor, Eugene Shippen in his book, The Testosterone
Syndrome, states that alcohol, grapefruit and a number of drugs:
NSAIDS, antibiotics, analgesics, antibiotics, antifungal agents,
anti-lipid agents (statins), SSRI type anti-depressants,
beta-blockers, calcium channel blockers and abusive substances such as
marijuana, cocaine and amphetamines inhibit the liver?s primary
processing enzyme system known as P450. This results in slower
metabolism or breakdown of estrogen and therefore, increased estrogen
levels in the body. Substances that increase the P450 enzyme system
and decrease estrogen levels include: high-dose vitamin C (1-3 grams),
niacin (all the B vitamins are valuable during andropause), soy
protein, cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower), oysters, and
grape seed extract."


From "Estrogen: The Unrecognized Male Hormone," by Rick Cohen MD.
International Antiaging.

"But due to aging, body fat, hormonal replacement, pesticides,
nutritional deficiencies, prescription medications and excessive
alcohol intake many men experience high levels of estrogen which are
detrimental to their health. In fact, studies have shown that the
estrogen levels of the average 54-year-old man is higher than those of
the average 59-year-old women! The end result is that these high
levels of estrogen can cause reduced levels of testosterone, fatigue,
loss of muscle tone, increased body fat, loss of libido and sexual
function and an enlarged prostate."


From "Better Sex: What's Weight Got to Do with It? - Being overweight
does affect your libido. But small changes can jump-start your sex
drive," by Colette Bouchez. WebMD Weightloss Clinic. March 25, 2005.

"New research suggests certain physical conditions that go along with
obesity also affect sex drive, further dampening the desires of those
who are overweight. The good news: You can make some changes to your
body (and how you think about your body) to enhance your libido."

"According to a recent study conducted by Binks and his colleagues at
Duke, up to 30% of obese people seeking help controlling their weight
indicate problems with sex drive, desire, performance, or all three.
Often, the latest research shows, these problems can be traced to
physical conditions that co-exist with obesity.

"Medical conditions such as high cholesterol and insulin resistance
[an early indicator of type 2 diabetes] do have the ability to impact
sexual performance, which in turn impacts desire, particularly in
men," says Andrew McCollough, MD, director of sexual health and male
infertility at NYU Medical Center in New York."

"Because both conditions can cause the tiny arteries in the penis to
shut down, particularly when vessel-clogging fatty deposits begin to
form, McCollough says impotence or erectile dysfunction is often the

"A man who has problems having an erection is going to lose his desire
for sex in not too long a time," says McCollough."

"Men aren't alone with sex problems caused by poor blood flow.
Research shows overweight women's sex drive and desire are affected by
the same problem."


From "Lack of sex drive." Your Family Doctor. 
"How common is lack of libido in men?  It's far less common than
impotence - with which it should not be confused. Impotence (erectile
dysfunction or ED) affects tens of thousands of British males. But
most of them have perfectly normal levels of desire - and would like
to have sex if they could manage it."

"In contrast, at our clinic we see only one man with lack of desire
for every 12 with impotence. Most men with lack of libido can achieve
erections, but have lost the desire to have sex.

* "What are the causes of lack of libido in men? 

  Possible physical causes include: 

** obesity - quite common; simply slimming down will often help. 

(See complete article for other causes........)


From "Fighting fat," by Clare Spurrell. iHealth.,,144_621872-2,00.html 
"Obesity and sex - In the bedroom, the problem is particularly
exaggerated. The fatter a person gets, the less they are interested in
sex, and the less sex they get the more their bodies crave
satisfaction from food. The physical limitations of excess weight can
make sexual activity too strenuous, and the constant feelings of
lethargy, caused by obesity, tend to diminish a person's sex drive


I hope these references are helpful. As I mentioned in my
introduction, your physician's recommendation to lose weight certainly
seems like a logical first step to bettering your health while helping
your libido rise to a more normal level.

I wish you the very best!


male Obesity AND increased estrogen
obesity AND sex drive in men
obesity AND lowered or diminished sex drive in men
fredboy-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $7.00
Good stuff ! 24 hours ago I had NO idea the cause to a nagging problem
Ive had for a while. Looks like enuff to get me off my duff to fix the
problem and kill several birds with one stone !  Thanks for the
reasearch and weighing in
on your personal thoughts of what I should do. We did get blood for
testosterone-but I suspect it will be normal (so does my doc) I wonder
why my doc never mentioned this before?  Come to think of it-last year
when I saw him
I was noraml weight !Thanks

Subject: Re: obeisity and low sex drive in middle age males ( too much estrogen)
From: umiat-ga on 16 Aug 2005 20:24 PDT
Thanks so much, fredboy! I'll be cheering you on from the sidelines!

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