Monday, July 14, 2008

Use it or lose it

Here is some obvious research. A new study in the American Journal of Medicine has thisabstract:
Regular Intercourse Protects Against Erectile Dysfunction: Tampere Aging Male Urologic Study

Erectile dysfunction is common among men aged more than 60 years. Its cause involves both physiologic and psychosocial factors.

To evaluate the effects of coital frequency on subsequent risk of erectile dysfunction, data were analyzed from a population-based 5-year follow-up study that was conducted in Pirkanmaa, Finland, using postal questionnaires. ...

The overall incidence of moderate or complete erectile dysfunction was 32 cases per 1000 person-years ... The risk of erectile dysfunction was inversely related to the frequency of intercourse. ...

Regular intercourse protects against the development of erectile dysfunction among men aged 55 to 75 years. This may have an impact on general health and quality of life; therefore, doctors should support patients' sexual activity.
You can also find the abstract here, and the full article here. It is not a joke.

The authors claim to have found a cause-and-effect relationship, and not just a correlation. That is, lack of intercourse causes ED, and not the other way around.

Maybe next someone will do research to show that people who do regular push-ups are less likely to lose the ability to do push-ups.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Psychological factors are responsible for about 10%-20% of all cases of ED. It is often a secondary reaction to a fundamental physical cause. They often base from nervousness, performance anxiety or fear of failure during lovemaking. Psychological factors in impotence are often secondary to physical causes, and they magnify their significance.