Smoking and Obesity Increase Chances of Erectile Dysfunction

A new study indicates that certain factors can increase the risk by up to two and half times.

Tuesday’s New York Times article Smoking and Obesity Raise Risk of Erectile Woes highlights research that draws connections between certain lifestyle choices and erectile dysfunction. The study, published by The Journal of Urology, reports that men who lead a healthier lifestyle have a lower occurrence of sexual difficulties.

Urologist Dr. Donald P. Feeney shares his insight on the findings and tells us what this research can reveal about treating and preventing erectile dysfunction.

Dr. Donald P. Feeney:

The NYT article, based on a very well documented retrospective study of men published in the latest issue of the Journal of Urology, clearly demonstrates that those male who were not smokers and avoided obesity by exercise and proper diet had a higher level of sexual function than the other group of smokers and obese men. Doctors are more likely now to advise their patients, both young and old, to avoid or cease smoking (which I believe most already have done), but now include obesity with its danger of vascular disease/diabetes, in strongly advising men to avoid diet and lifestyles leading to obesity. The emphasis on maintaining sexual function as the men grow older, will be a stronger incentive than before this association was so well-documented in this study.

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