Erectile Dysfunction Can Be Reversed Without Drugs: Study

Friday, 28 Mar 2014 05:05 PM

By Nick Tate

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Many men suffering from sexual dysfunction may not need drugs to address the problem. New research out of the at the University of Adelaide has found lifestyle changes – including weight loss, improvements in diet, and upping activity levels – can be as successful as medication at reversing ED.
 
The new study, published in the Journal of Sexual Health, is based on an analysis of 810 men who were tracked over a 5-year period – during which time 31 of developed some form of ED. The researchers found a significant percentage of the men were able to reverse the condition simply by changing their lifestyles – eating better, shedding a few pounds, cutting their alcohol intake, and working to improve the quality of their sleep.
 
"Our study saw a large proportion of men suffering from some form of erectile dysfunction, which is a concern. The major risk factors for this are typically physical conditions rather than psychological ones, such as being overweight or obese, a higher level of alcohol intake, having sleeping difficulties or obstructive sleep apnea, and age," said Gary Wittert, director of the university's Freemasons Foundation Center for Men’s Health, in a release.
 
"The good news is, our study also found that a large proportion of men were naturally overcoming erectile dysfunction issues. The remission rate of those with erectile dysfunction was 29 percent, which is very high. This shows that many of these factors affecting men are modifiable, offering them an opportunity to do something about their condition."
 
Lead researcher Sean Martin, M.D., noted many men need to make lifestyle changes, even if they are taking ED drugs, to recover sexual function.
 
"Erectile dysfunction can be a very serious issue because it's a marker of underlying cardiovascular disease, and it often occurs before heart conditions become apparent. Therefore, men should consider improving their weight and overall nutrition, exercise more, drink less alcohol and have a better night's sleep, as well as address risk factors such as diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol,” he added.
 
"This is not only likely to improve their sexual ability, but will be improve their cardiovascular health and reduce the risk of developing diabetes if they don't already have it."

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