Beneficial Impact of Exercise and Obesity Interventions on Erectile Function and Its Risk Factors
Article first published online: 15 DEC 2008
© 2008 International Society for Sexual Medicine
The Journal of Sexual Medicine
Special Issue: Proceedings of the 2008 American Urological Association Foundation Summer Research Conference on Sexual Medicine, August 2008, Linthicum, Maryland, USA
Volume 6, Issue S3, pages 254–261, March 2009
How to Cite
Hannan, J. L., Maio, M. T., Komolova, M. and Adams, M. A. (2009), Beneficial Impact of Exercise and Obesity Interventions on Erectile Function and Its Risk Factors. Journal of Sexual Medicine, 6: 254–261. doi: 10.1111/j.1743-6109.2008.01143.x
- Issue published online: 24 FEB 2009
- Article first published online: 15 DEC 2008
- Erectile Dysfunction;
- Caloric Restriction;
Introduction. Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a multifaceted disease involving cardiovascular, metabolic, and hormonal factors and affects over 100 million men worldwide. ED has been shown to be a harbinger of underlying cardiovascular diseases (CVD), as there are common risk factors (aging, hypertension, obesity) and mechanistic basis.
Aim. To provide an update on clinical and experimental evidence regarding the impact of lifestyle modifications, such as exercise and diet, with respect to changes in erectile function.
Main Outcome Measures. Published evidence regarding the impact of aging, hypertension, and obesity on ED and CVD, as well as new experimental data linking obesity and diminished erectile responses.
Methods. We reviewed the literature regarding common risk factors of ED and CVD, particularly involving obesity, as well as performed new analysis on the findings of other experimental studies involving diet and exercise interventions.
Results. Physical inactivity negatively impacts on erectile function, and experimental and clinical exercise interventions have been shown to improve sexual responses and overall cardiovascular health. Mediterranean-style diets and a reduction in caloric intake have been found to improve erectile function in men with the aspects of the metabolic syndrome. In addition, both clinical and experimental studies have confirmed that combining the two interventions provides additional benefit to erectile function, likely via reduced metabolic disturbances (e.g., inflammatory markers, insulin resistance), decreased visceral adipose tissue, and improvement in vascular function (e.g., increased endothelial function).
Conclusions. Lifestyle modifications provide significant benefits to vascular health and erectile function in a population that is increasingly aged and more obese. Hannan JL, Maio MT, Komolova M, and Adams MA. Beneficial impact of exercise and obesity interventions on erectile function and its risk factors. J Sex Med **;**:**–**.