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Exercise Decreases Risk Of Sexual Dysfunction

Exercise Decreases Risk Of Sexual Dysfunction

Men seeking to improve their performance in bed might want to give exercise a shot…

Not everyone likes to exercise, but for the male half of the population a new study suggests that working out not only improves overall health, it can also improve performance in bed.

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Exercise Reduces Risk Of Erectile Dysfunction

The new study, led by Erin McNamara, MD, of Duke University Medical Center, showed that men who choose to exercise have a lower risk of developing sexual dysfunction. McNamara said:

“Men who were moderately active — walking briskly just 30 minutes a day, four days a week, or the equivalent — were about two-thirds less likely to have sexual dysfunction than their sedentary counterparts…

“If men won’t exercise for their cardiovascular health, maybe they will for their sexual function,”

In the study, involving 178 healthy men with an average age of 62, participants filled out sexual functioning questionnaires that covered six areas: ability to have an erection, ability to reach orgasm, quality of erection, frequency of erection, overall sexual function, and sexual problems.

The men also completed an exercise survey that asked how often they engaged in mild exercise (such as yoga), moderate exercise (such as brisk walking), and strenuous exercise (such as jogging) in a typical week, as well as average duration of their workouts.

Based on those answers, 53% of men were sedentary, 14% were active, 9% were moderately active, and 24% were highly active, McNamara says.

Their answers were converted to a numeric score on a 0 to 100 scale and averaged into an overall sexual function score in which higher scores corresponded to better function. Men who exercised had substantially higher than men who were sedentary.

The men’s average sexual function score was 53 points. The sedentary men scored only 43 points. Moderately active men scored 72, and highly active men scored 70 points.

After adjusting for factors that could affect sexual functioning — age, race, body mass index, heart disease, diabetes, and depression — the researchers found that more active men still had significantly higher sexual function scores.

Men who were moderately or highly active were 65% less likely to have sexual dysfunction — defined as a sexual function score of less than 40 — than sedentary men.

McNamara hypothesizes that exercise can increase blood flow through the penis, making it easier to get an erection. Also, working out may make men feel better about themselves and that in turn may improve sexual prowess, she says.

Ira Sharlip, MD, clinical professor of urology at the University of California, San Francisco, says that the findings are in line with other research suggesting healthy lifestyles are associated with healthy sex lives.
But the study doesn’t prove cause and effect, he said:

“You can’t conclude that better exercise leads to better sex. It could be that because these men are
healthy, they can exercise more and they have better sexual health,”

The findings were presented at the annual meeting of the American Urological Association.


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