Metabolic Syndrome Linked to Erectile Dysfunction

A meta-analysis conducted by Turkish researchers concluded that erectile dysfunction (ED) was 260 percent higher in men suffering from the metabolic syndrome, compared to metabolically healthy men. The metabolic syndrome is a group of health problems that includes insulin resistance, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, abnormal blood fats and abdominal obesity. It is a disease of energy use and storage, and is triggered by physical inactivity, overeating, poor diet and genetics. ED was particularly prevalent in men with low testosterone levels and diabetes. Treatments might include regular aerobic exercise, healthy diet, hormone replacement therapy and erection-promoting drugs such as Viagra. (Journal Sexual Medicine, 12: 1309-1318, 2015)

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