Did you know, if you lose 35 pounds, if you’re a male, you are gaining one inch of penis length?
Dr. Oz said this on Oprah! And as the women, in the audience, giggled and Oprah blushed, I wondered how many women fell in love with Dr. Oz that day, and how many more wondered how much weight their husband was capable of losing.
“The penis really is the dipstick for male health without any question at all.
And if it’s not working, it’s not just an ego issue—it’s a physical health issue.” Dr. Oz was on a roll, and as shocking as that statement was (although not as much as the first one) I did what any man with a penis would do, I asked a urologist.
Can Losing Weight Make your penis bigger?
Losing weight has many advantages. As the fat pad over the supra-pubic area decreases, the penis essentially comes out of its hiding area. This doesn’t mean that the penis truly becomes longer.
However, the part of penis that hangs out of the body becomes longer, while the part that’s inside the body is shorter. This makes the functional portion of the penis longer. Losing weight has other advantages: higher testosterone levels, better blood vessel function, improved nerve function, and improved self image.
All of these factors help in improving sexual function.
Does being overweight cause your penis to “withdraw” into your abdomen?
Yes. Men with a large pannus (the extra fat around the abdomen) tend to have a large build up of fat in the supra-pubic area. The supra-pubic area is the area above the base of the penis over the pubic bone. As this area becomes thicker with fat, the penis gets drawn inward underneath the skin, creating an appearance of shorter penis.
The actual length of the penis does not change. However, more of it’s length is imbedded underneath the fat surrounding it. In other words, more of the penis is drawn inside the body, making the portion.
How does being overweight affect sexual performance?
Being overweight can have a significant effect on sexual performance. Excess fatty tissue will convert the naturally made male hormone, testosterone, to the female hormone, estrogen. Higher levels of estrogen are found in obese men. This problem causes lowered sex drive and lowered libido. Men with obesity have difficulty handling their penis, because the penis has retracted into the supra-pubic fat pad, as described above.
This makes it more difficult to penetrate. Men with obesity also have hypertension, diabetes, and hardening of the arteries throughout the body. These conditions damage the nerves and blood vessels that need to function properly to increase the blood flow into the penis’ spongy bodies. Therefore, obesity can cause erectile dysfunction (E.D.) or impotency. Hormonal imbalance and peripheral nerve dysfunction in obese men can also cause premature ejaculation.
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