For men, a new study gives you good reason to keep your weight in check: extra padding around your midsection is linked to problems in the bedroom.
Overweight men not only raise their risk for heart disease and metabolic disorders, but they may also boost their risks for sexual dysfunction and frequent urination, said researchers from New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, in New York City.
"The findings demonstrate that obesity in men -- part of a growing global epidemic -- affects their well-being in profound ways," study senior author Dr. Steven Kaplan, professor of urology at the medical school and chief of the hospital's Institute for Bladder and Prostate Health, said in a press release this week.
"We have to think of the body in a much more holistic way," he added. "What we eat can have devastating consequences on more than just our hearts."
To reach their findings, researchers examined more than 400 men (ranging from 40 to 91 years old) for urinary problems, such as frequent urination during the day and at night. Of these men, 37.5 percent had a waist circumference of less than 36 inches (91.4 cm), about one-third had a waistline between 36 and 40 inches (101.6 cm) and 29 percent had waists larger than 40 inches.
What's more, the study found that men with larger waists are also more likely to be affected by coronary artery disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and cholesterol. Prior research has linked an excess body weight to prostate cancer.
The latest study was published in the August issue of the British Journal of Urology International.