MONDAY July 7, 2008 (foodconsumer.org) -- A Finnish study
has found an association between the frequency of having sex and the odds of
erection dysfunction (ED) in older men.
Researchers said the study implied that men should be
encouraged to stay sexually active into other golden years because their study
showed more sex was linked to less chance of having ED.
A foodconsumer.org health adviser cautioned that there is no
evidence to suggest the association between having sex and odds of having ED is
a causal relation.
One possibility he suggested is contrary to what the
researchers suggested. That is, those who were able to have more sex at the beginning
of the study had better sexual health in the first place.
And too much sex could actually lead to development of ED,
according to some theory.
The study published in the July issue of the American
Journal of Medicine involved 989 men age 55 to 75 at the start of the study.
In the study, Dr. Juha Koskimaki and colleagues at the
University of Tampere in Finland found those who had sex less than once a week
were twice as likely to have ED during the five-year study period as those who
had sex at least once a week.
And they also found men who had sex three or more times per
week, their risk of ED were four times higher.
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