It should not come to a shock to any of us that middle-aged men with beer bellies tend to produce erectile dysfunction (Ed). But the problem may not be just the belly. It's also the beer.
First of all, beer bellies lead to impotence. A man with a 42-inch (106 cm) waistline is twice as likely as a man with a 32-inch (81 cm) waistline to produce Ed. Men who face the battle of the bulge are more likely to suffer issues with diabetes, high blood pressure, and oxidized cholesterol that reduce erectile strength.
But beer itself also contributes to Ed. About 25 per cent of men with erectile dysfunction have an excess of a pituitary hormone called prolactin, the same hormone that encourages milk yield in new mothers. Stress increases prolactin levels.
But if men chill out with a cold brew, they may ease stress but they growth prolactin. Hops, a plant in the same family as marijuana, consist of potent phytoestrogens that raise a man's estrogen levels. The increased estrogen leads to increased prolactin and decreased erectile strength. Development matters worse in overweight men, fat cells in belly fat also produce estrogen.
It's important that the problem isn't with drinking, it's with beer. Moderate consumption of alcohol seems to lead to vascular health, at least in men who keep their consumption to one or two drinks a way. Red wine is best. In fact, drinking just one beer a day, in the understanding of Czech doctor Pavel Zemek, may even be as beneficial as red wine. Drinking more than one beer a day, unfortunately, cancels out all the benefits and leads to the increased prolactin levels that cause Ed.
Beer Drinker's Droop - Least Known, Most leading Cause of Impotence in Middle-Aged Men