Men suffering from erectile dysfunction can reverse the problem by focusing on lifestyle factors, and not just relying on medication, according to research from the University of Adelaide.
“Sexual relations are not only an important part of people’s wellbeing. From a clinical point of view, the inability of some men to perform sexually can also be linked to a range of other health problems, many of which can be debilitating or potentially fatal,” says Professor Gary Wittert, Head of the Discipline of Medicine at the University of Adelaide and Director of the University’s Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men’s Health.
His risk factors for erectile dysfunction
Over a five-year period, 31% of the 810 men involved in the study developed some form of erectile dysfunction.
The major risk factors are typically physical conditions, rather than psychological ones, and include…
- Being overweight or obese
- A higher level of alcohol intake
- Having sleeping difficulties
- Obstructive sleep apnoea
“The good news is – our study also found that a large proportion of men were naturally overcoming erectile dysfunction issues. The remission rate of those with erectile dysfunction was 29%, which is very high. This shows that many of these factors affecting men are modifiable, offering them an opportunity to do something about their condition,” Professor Wittert says.
The lifestyle prescription for your man
“Even when medication to help with erectile function is required, it is likely to be considerably more effective if lifestyle factors are also addressed,” says lead author of the paper, Dr Sean Martin.
“Erectile dysfunction can be a very serious issue because it’s a marker of underlying cardiovascular disease, and it often occurs before heart conditions become apparent.”
Dr Martin recommends that men should address the following lifestyle factors…
- Overall nutrition
- Exercise more
- Drink less alcohol
- Have a better night’s sleep
- Address risk factors such as diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol
“This is not only likely to improve their sexual ability, but will also improve their cardiovascular health and reduce the risk of developing diabetes if they don’t already have it.”
Source: University of Adelaide