The link between erectile dysfunction and diabetes

Strained sexual performance in men could be linked to diabetes, a new study found.

Research published in Clinical Research in Cardiology found that men under 40 with erectile dysfunction had a higher prevalence of insulin resistance, accelerated hardening of the arteries and higher systolic blood pressure than men of the same age without erectile dysfunction.

The cardiovascular link

The researchers say that the process starts with insulin resistance, which affects most major systems of the body, including the cardiovascular system. The combination of high blood pressure and heart problems is probably the number one reason that men get erectile dysfunction, said study author Mark Moyad of the University of Michigan Medical Center.

Stopping insulin resistance, Moyad notes, is usually as simple as getting physical activity every day and maintaining a healthy diet.

Recent research from the Diabetes Prevention Program found that accomplishing a 7 percent weight loss (about 14 pounds for a 200-pound man) in addition to walking for 30 minutes a day, five days a week can reduce diabetes risk by up to 58 percent.

Source: Men's Health

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