Erectile Dysfunction:More Common in Less Physically Fit Men?

Published:May 28th, 2011

Erectile dysfunction is more common in less physically fit men aged forty to seventy-five years of age, says a new study published in the May 2011 issue of International Journal of Impotence Research.

In this study, the researchers gathered 180 men belonging to the age range of 40 to 75 years old.  Each of them were evaluated for the presence of high blood lipid levels and risk factors such as smoking. Their anthropometric parameters particularly their body mass index were recorded and analyzed. Their level of physical fitness was examined through the measurement of their maximum oxygen consumption. After which, each of them were evaluated for possible presence of erectile dysfunction.

The researchers found that men belonging to the younger age group has high level of physical activity and physical fitness compared to older men. Furthermore, physically fit men were less likely to develop erectile dysfunction compared to their less physically fit counterparts.

Thus, the researchers concluded that a healthy lifestyle is integral to maintain erectile functionality. In older men who are having problems with their erectile function, modifying their lifestyle to achieve physical fitness is important to preserve their penile erection capability.


International Journal of Impotence Research;Erectile dysfunction association with physical activity level and physical fitness in men aged 40–75 years; Agostini, L.C.M. et al.; May 2011

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