What impact does physical activity have on erectile dysfunction?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)
Plenty. Studies have found that previously sedentary men who walked at least two miles a day significantly reduce their risk of developing erectile dysfunction (ED) in midlife. Not only does regular physical activity stave off erection killers such as obesity, diabetes, hypertension and blood vessel diseases, it also improves the production of nitric oxide (NO), which dilates blood vessels and increases blood flow in the penis. My advice: Get moving to get up.
Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner
Lack of physical activity is a risk factor for cardiovascular (heart and vessel) disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure, all of which cause erectile dysfunction (ED). Not exercising enough can also cause obesity, which can make these health problems worse. In some cases, medications used to manage these health problems also cause ED. For this reason, increasing the amount of physical activity you get can help improve your health overall and your ability to get and maintain an erection.

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