Mi-year-old man who has a healthy lifestyle as not smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, exercise regularly and have good cholesterol levels, not only will be protected against heart disease, but also has a sex life satisfactory.
An estimated one in five men in the United States have difficulty maintaining an erection or erections. In medical language, the condition is called erectile dysfunction (ED). In a recent study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine noted the pills like Viagra or Cialis, it is not the only solution and does not solve the problem completely.
“If you have a healthy lifestyle, including being able to manage stress, the body responds better than if you just take medication for erectile dysfunction. Furthermore, if the drugs are most influential, which means that it is a sign that you need to start changing the way of life, “said Stephen Kopecky, Mayo Clinic cardiologist.
Scientists have long suspected is actually no relationship between impotence and heart health. A common theory says, the arteries that supply blood to the penis during an erection faster than clog the blood vessels of the heart, a bigger one. Therefore, a soft erection can be an early warning that there is a coronary heart disease in the future.
To find these relations, Jia-Yi Dong of Soochow University, Suzhou, China, and colleagues conducted a study with a combined 12 previous studies, which involved nearly 37,000 men.
“This meta-analysis. Indicates that erectile dysfunction increased the risk of cardiovascular disease, coronary heart disease, stroke and all-cause mortality. And, independently of conventional cardiovascular risk factors increases, “he said in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
They found that men with erection problems increased 48 percent increased risk of heart disease, and also had a higher mortality than men who did not have sexual problems.
However, this study does not explain the relationship of other risk factors such as smoking, diabetes, obesity and hypertension.
Meanwhile, another study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, men who regularly exercise and Mediterranean diet rich in whole grains, fruits, nuts, vegetables and olive oil, have increased by 2, 4 points on a scale of 25 – the point of erection problems.
“Our results reinforce the evidence that lifestyle modification and pharmacotherapy for cardiovascular risk factors are effective in improving sexual function of men with erectile dysfunction,” said Bhanu Gupta and colleagues at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, after conducting tests on 740 volunteers.
They added that changes in lifestyle seem to be more advantageous, regardless of whether men taking Viagra, the drug most often to treat impotence, or not.