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Atkins Diet and Erectile Dysfunction

Yesterday’s video-of-the-day, Atkins Diet: Trouble Keeping It Up, discusses a case report of a man who went on a low carb diet, lost his ability to have an erection, and nearly lost his life. That was just one person, though. Researchers at Harvard recently looked at one hundred thousand people and concluded that low carb diets were “associated with higher all-cause mortality, higher cardiovascular disease mortality, and higher cancer mortality.” But what about the so-called “Eco-Atkins” diet? Find out in today’s video, Plant-Based Atkins Diet. And for more on erectile dysfunction as an early warning sign for heart disease, check out my video Rosy Glow.

Cholesterol builds up not only inside the arteries that feed our heart muscle, but inside all of our blood vessels. In the heart, atherosclerosis can cause a heart attack. In the brain, it can cause a stroke. In our legs, it can cause peripheral vascular disease and result in debilitating cramping; in our vertebral arteries, it can cause disc degeneration and lower back pain. And clogs in our pelvic arteries can lead to sexual dysfunction—and not just in men.

A landmark study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine entitled “Hyperlipidemia and sexual function in premenopausal women” found that “Atherosclerosis of the arterial bed supplying female pelvic anatomy can lead to decreased vaginal engorgement and clitoral erectile insufficiency syndrome, similar to erectile problems in men, resulting in vasculogenic female sexual dysfunction,” an important factor of which may be “failure to achieve clitoral tumescence, or engorgement.” They found that women with high cholesterol reported significantly lower arousal, orgasm, lubrication, and satisfaction.

So as you plan for Valentine’s Day dinner, remember that eating healthier can extend not just one’s life, but also one’s love life.

-Michael Greger, M.D.


Michael Greger M.D., FACLM

Michael Greger, M.D. FACLM, is a physician, New York Times bestselling author, and internationally recognized professional speaker on a number of important public health issues. Dr. Greger has lectured at the Conference on World Affairs, the National Institutes of Health, and the International Bird Flu Summit, testified before Congress, appeared on The Dr. Oz Show and The Colbert Report, and was invited as an expert witness in defense of Oprah Winfrey at the infamous "meat defamation" trial.

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  1. “..eating healthier can extend not just one’s life, but also one’s love life.” -Michael Greger, M.D.
    I can say this is 100% true.This article really helps to educate people who suffer from erectile dysfunction curing this in a very natural way and it is really interesting.
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  2. The animal’s revenge don’t you think? A bit Darwin, the meat eater’s produce less, less pain on the environment, brilliant!

  3. A couple
    of suggestions.

    Erection problems can be mainly physical, mainly psychological, or a mambo
    combo. You say that you are unable to maintain an erection during intercourse.
    Can you keep an erection when she touches your penis with her hands or mouth,
    or when you masturbate?
    Some men have problems keeping erections at the beginning of a relationship.
    Then, after they become more comfortable with their new partners, their
    erections become more reliable. Pay attention to your erection patterns to help
    you decide if you need to see a urologist or a sex therapist. If you have
    erections when you wake up or through masturbation, but not with a partner,
    that’s important information that says your body is working correctly,
    physically. For the time being, why not receive pleasure and not worry about
    erections? These kinds of difficulties are common and transient. You can view
    them as part of life rather than as problems. Or, if it is a problem for
    you, sex therapy may make a difference


    You could be experiencing
    “desensitization” from your masturbation, or “performance
    anxiety” due to your lack of actual experience with a partner.

    To overcome either of these the most effective “technique” is for you
    and your partner to:

    1. Go into your bedroom and get as comfortable as possible.
    You both need to be very relaxed (not via alcohol, or drugs). Try soft lights,
    soft music. Remove your clothing and continue to relax together.

    2. Slowly begin to lovingly touch each other with NO goal to engage in sex. As
    your level of excitement rises relax and enjoy the feelings. Again you are NOT
    going to have sex (tonight), only pleasure.

    3. If you feel yourself nearing “the point of no return” back off,
    and/or have your wife apply the Semans procedure, aka “squeeze”,
    “pinch” procedure. A firm (not painful) “pinch” to the head
    of your penis. Then when you are able continue “pleasuring” each
    other. This will allow you to experience having erections for longer and longer

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  4. Well, this is a very strange conclusion given that diabetics have erectile dysfunction as a result of high carb diets and have when reducing their carb intake to about 30 gms per day, as Dr. Richard K Bernstein suggests, been able to regain their health, among other things, their erectile capabilities. This blog is tendentious. You expect a certain conclusion and you arrive at it. Experience in the real world teaches something else.

    1. Hello Peter :)) Thank you for your thoughtul comment. I have a lot of respect for Dr. Bernstein…anyone who goes to medical school at 45 has my admiration (wow!) :)) Interestingly, the Bernstein diet has some overlap with a plant-based diet. Both advocate no added sugars and weight loss for type 2 diabetics. Yes, Bernstein allows animal products, but both Bernstein and PB (plant based) diet eliminate most all “junk/processed” and fast-food, which sadly constitute the majority of the SAD (Standard American Diet). Possibly the similar improvements are due to the overlap of the good habits? If you are interested, Dr. Greger wrote a highly footnoted and engaging book about this topic. He has made it available for free online Be well :))

      1. “anyone who goes to medical school at 45 has my admiration (wow!)”

        fuck u, evil bitch. trying to discredit him by mentioning that… how much has doctor who-dafuk is-he-never-heard-of-him Greger payed u to discredit anyone saying anything bad about his bullshit claims lool.. how pathetic :)

        u people can be such corrupt evil cunts its really sad.. even when u damn well know how important fats are in producing hormones and regulating 1000 other things too.. sadly mainstream public is easily brainwashed by twats like u and Greger.. fuck u both :)

        to other people reading, dont listen to greger and this bitch, rather listen to what peter d wunn has said above my post.. fats have been viewed as something bad for so many years now (in no small part due to big companies pushing their SAD food ahead).. but as the more intelligent among u know, this is the highest of bullshit.. and the ones who actually believe these cunts.. go ahead and go on this Greger diet, i pity what will become of your health.. and in a way u actually deserve it for giving assholes like greger your money..

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