Impotence: It’s Not You. It’s Meat.
In January, the “Meat Week” campaign promotes meat consumption in cities across the United States. In response, the Physicians Committee urged the Meat Week founders to rename the event Erectile Dysfunction (ED) Acceptance Week, alerting men to the consequences of meat consumption.
“By embracing the name Erectile Dysfunction Acceptance Week…you’ll help men understand that erectile dysfunction is just another side effect of eating meat, like constipation, high cholesterol, and obesity,” wrote Susan Levin, M.S., R.D., director of nutrition education for the Physicians Committee.
Meat-heavy diets are responsible for the arterial narrowing that leads to both heart disease and ED. The cholesterol and saturated fat in meat can clog arteries and cut off blood flow to the heart (causing a heart attack), brain (causing a stroke), and genitals (causing impotence). Obesity and elevated cholesterol levels—both classic signs of a meat-heavy diet—are also tied to ED.
Arterial blockages can be reversed with a plant-based diet, and even a modest diet improvement can help. One study found that normal sexual function returned in almost one-third of the men who ate a healthier diet, compared with a 5 percent recovery in the control group.
Visit MeatWeak.org for resources and a video.