High Blood Vessel Age Linked to Erectile Dysfunction

Baseball legend Mickey Mantle once said, “If I knew I was going to live this long, I’d have taken better care of myself.” People living healthy lifestyles can have tissues and organs that are biologically “younger” than those who smoke, eat poor diets and don’t exercise. The Framingham Heart Study developed the concept of vascular age (blood vessel age) based on weight, height, blood pressure, blood fats, smoking history and blood sugar control. Italian researchers found that men with higher vascular age showed an increased risk of erectile dysfunction. Poor sexual health is both a symptom and cause of poor metabolic health triggered by poor diet and lack of physical activity. (Journal Sexual Medicine, Published online December 3, 2015)

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