A recent article in the Salt Lake Tribune cited a publishing in the American Journal of Medicine that calculated more than 18 million American men over age 20 are affected by erectile dysfunction.
One common link to ED? Poor eating and not enough exercise:
Almost 90 percent of the studied men with dysfunction had at least one risk factor for heart disease, such as diabetes, hypertension, poor cholesterol levels or smoking. They also were less likely to have had strenuous exercise within the month prior to the study.
“This may be a powerful motivator for male patients who may be at risk for cardiovascular disease or who have diabetes,” said Elizabeth Selvin, lead author and a faculty member in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Department of Epidemiology. “It’s another reason to get off the couch and exercise and eat well.”
Within that same article, it notes how men tend to put things off. Maybe hearing about potential sexual issues will start waking some of us up to a healthier lifestyle. I don’t know about anybody else, but having sexual problems down the road is nothing I want to contend with. If eating right and weekly exercise will keep my heart ticking and sexual life active, I’m game.