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Can exercise help prevent erectile dysfunction?

Marc B. Garnick, MD
Hematology & Oncology
Using data from the Harvard Health Professionals Follow-up Study, in which questionnaires were completed by more than 30,000 men, researchers examined the relationship between erectile dysfunction (ED) and exercise. They found that men who ran for an hour and a half or did three hours of rigorous outdoor work per week were 20% less likely to develop ED than those who didn't exercise at all. More physical activity conferred a greater benefit. Interestingly, regardless of the level of exercise, men who were overweight or obese had a greater risk of ED than men with an ideal body mass index, or BMI.
Men who exercise regularly are 30% less likely to develop erectile dysfunction (ED) than inactive men. A total of 22,086 men, ages 40 to 75 years, participated in this study that lasted a total of 14 years and showed dramatic benefits for men at risk for ED.

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