We know it's good for your heart, your waistline and your energy level. Now, new research finds regular exercise may also boost your sex life.
This is after comparing the activity levels and sex life ratings of 31,000 men over age 50. Researchers found 33% of men surveyed said they had experienced impotence in the previous three months. But the complaints were most common among those men who were not physically active, while those who got the most exercise had the fewest complaints about impotence.
The study also found men who smoked, were overweight or watched more than 20 hours a week of TV were also more likely to have episodes of impotence.
Researchers note that since this study was based on self-reported information, more research is needed to explore the biological connection between exercise, weight and erectile dysfunction. About five percent of 40 year old men and between 15% and 25% of 65-year-old men experience impotence, according to the National Urologic and Kidney Diseases Information Clearing House.
This study is part of the Health Professional's Follow-Up, an ongoing study of 31,742 Dentists, Optometrists, Podiatrists, Pharmacists and Veterinarians by researchers at Harvard School of Public Health. The study is published in the August 5th issue of Annals of Internal Medicine.