Overweight men higher sex drive? Picture: Supplied

From diabetes to heart disease and a heightened risk of stroke, the dangers of carrying excess weight are well-documented.

But obesity may also have surprising benefits for men, especially when it comes to the bedroom.

Experts claim that those who have excess fat around their stomachs have better stamina during sex.

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In fact, they last for one minute and 30 seconds more than their skinny counterparts, a study found.
According to research conducted by Turkey's Erciyes University, there's a direct correlation between physical size and endurance.

The reason behind this is because overweight men have a higher presence of estradiol, a female sex hormone, which actually inhibits the male orgasm.

This result is similar to those provided by delay creams, which help suspend ejaculation by requiring more stimulus to climax. Specifically, it adds a little longer onto a man's average for penetrative sex with the duration being six minutes for most.

The research, entitled Insight on pathogenesis of lifelong premature ejaculation: inverse relationship between lifelong premature ejaculation and obesity, also found a reverse pattern which seemed to substantiate their claims.

They noted how patients with lifelong premature ejaculation tended to be thinner and that incident rates dropped as weight increased.

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However, it seems that healthier eating works better for women.

A 2014 study at Santa Chiara Regional Hospital in Trento, Italy, found women eating apples daily had higher sex drives, increased arousal and more frequent orgasms than those rarely eating them.

The researchers said that chemicals called polyphenols found in apples and most fruits contribute to more oxygen-rich blood reaching the genitals during sex.