PE is apparently suppressed by obesity.
Now, why on earth would that be so? Of course it’s well known that erectile dysfunction and obesity go together, because of the deposition of cholesterol in the arteries leading to the penis which reduces blood flow.
Less well known, however, is the fact that obese men seem to experience less premature ejaculation. When I first heard this, I wondered what the cause of this inverse relationship might be – and you’re probably wondering the same thing right now.
It turns out that the connection between premature ejaculation beasties never been well studied, until this study, which was reported in the journal Nature .
The researchers evaluated men who had lifelong premature ejaculation in a urology outpatient clinic, and compared them with control cases selected from another department in the same hospital.
The age and sex of the control group was matched with that of the men volunteering for the study, and the body mass index of each individual was calculated using the standard WHO criteria.
It turned out that there was a significant difference in intravginal ejaculatory latency time (i.e. time to ejaculation after penetration) between obese men and men of average weight.
As the body mass index of men increased, the degree of premature ejaculation decreased dramatically. In other words, fat men lasted longer in bed.
In fact, it turned out that the number of men with premature ejaculatory was approximately twice as great, proportionately, in the non-obese group as it was in the obese group of men!
Why is this?
Well, we know that obesity is now a worldwide epidemic, we know that it has many effects on both immediate physical health, and longer term conditions such as glucose intolerance, insulin resistance and hypertension.
We also know that obesity contributes to diabetes and cardiovascular disease. And it decreases the level of testosterone in men’s blood.
At the same time, premature ejaculation is the most common male sexual problem, so it’s not unreasonable to look for any association between that and testosterone levels.
Obesity and male ejaculation
If you read this website, you be well aware that there are many questions about the definition of premature ejaculation, but it’s fair to say that if ejaculation occurs within one minute of vaginal penetration, then a man can be classed fairly certainly is having premature ejaculation.
Again, it’s not clear how many men in the general population suffer from rapid ejaculation, but it’s at least 30% and some indications suggest that it might be as many as 50%.
To take part in the study currently being reported, men had to be between the ages of 18 and 60, in a stable relationship for at least six months, not suffering from any other sexual disorders (than fast ejaculation), and apparently showing no sign of a physical cause for the rapid ejaculation that they experienced.
There were a number of other conditions designed to normalize the population, such as the exclusion of those suffering from chronic illness or those who had had surgery on the urinary tract.
The body-mass index of everyone involved in the experiment was calculated using the World Health Organisation criteria.
Once the results were collected, the researchers analyzed them to determine what conclusions could be derived from the data.
To start with, it turns out that the relationship between fatness and sexual health has been assumed to be a negative one for a very long time. In this case, however, at least if you regard rapid ejaculation as a sexual health issue, then obesity appears to have a good effect!
Obesity is inversely linked to lifelong premature ejaculation. In other words, fat men last longer in bed before they ejaculate!
Now, that may well be seen as an advantage, but it is far outweighed by the disadvantages of obesity – ill health being highest on that particular list. If you want to avoid the issues of diabetes, heart disease, and COPD, then my suggestion is you start losing fat as soon as possible, and you do this by adopting a diet which will help you overcome obesity and regain fitness.
How to Overcome Obesity
You can easily overcome obesity if you put your mind to it, as many other men have done. You may then need to find a way of overcoming premature ejaculation, but how wonderful that you will at least have a normal sex life!
The researchers speculated that testosterone may be involved here since it has a major role in facilitating the ejaculatory reflex.
Fat and obese men have decreased levels of free testosterone and often decreased gonadotropin levels, combined with increased circulating estrogen levels.
Indeed, the degree of a man’s obesity is directly proportional to the reduction in testosterone in the blood stream. You see, in obese men, both estrone and estradiol are increased compared to men who are not fat or obese. This is due to the increased peripheral aromatization of androgens.
And since obese men tended to make love for longer before they ejaculated, it could well be that this decreased testosterone level is playing a part in slowing down their ejaculatory reflex.
Even so, it’s extraordinary (and possibly counter intuitive) to find that there is an inverse relationship between obesity and premature ejaculation.
The assumption of some researchers in the field has always been that the shame and humiliation which can potentially arise around body image issues would have been enough to speed up a man’s ejaculation through the mechanism of increased anxiety.
That’s because we know that increased anxiety is certainly a factor in speeding up the ejaculation of many young men or those who are not sexually confident.
Even so, the conclusion is undisputed: if you are obese, you are likely to last much longer in bed than a man who is leaner…… or, rather, you’re likely to have a higher chance of being a longer lasting lover!