Exercise boosts erectile function in older men
For men who are older and even overweight, exercise may help improve sexual function and reduce erectile dysfunction. The results from the a new study also suggest that African-American men, who have a higher prevalence of erectile dysfunction risk factors, experience the same benefits from exercise as men of other races.
A research team from Cedars-Sinai Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute in Los Angeles, analyzed the habits and erectile function of 295 men all around the age of 62. All men were either overweight or obese and roughly one-third had diabetes or a history of chest pain or heart attacks. About three quarters of the men were smokers or had a history of smoking.
The men in the study reported how often they exercised or were involved in other physical activity, as well as the intensity of the exercise. Their answers were calculated using a Metabolic Equivalent (MET) of task, and were ranked on a scale of MET hours per week. Those who were classified as sedentary had three or fewer MET hours per week and those with 18 or more MET hours were considered highly active. Men were also asked to rate their sexual function in a questionnaire,
The average sexual satisfaction score was 50, but men who were highly active reported scores of at least 70. Men who were sedentary reported a median score of 33. The benefits of exercise to sexual function was also displayed similarly among both white men and African-American men. This study was the first to show that despite known differences in genetic, psychological, cultural and socioeconomic barriers, the same amount of exercise shows a similar benefit across ethnic backgrounds.