Walking 3Kms Daily 'May Prevent Impotence'
According to the study carried out by international researchers, walking daily for three kilometers reduces the risk of erectile dysfunction in men or even reverse current impotence, particularly in those who are obese, the 'WebMD' has reported.
"Sedentary men may be able to reduce their risk of erectile dysfunction by adopting regular physical activity at a level of at least 200 calories a day, which corresponds to walking briskly for two miles," lead researcher Katherine Esposito of the Second University of Naples said.
The researchers came to the conclusion after analyzing the effects of walking on 100 middle-aged obese men suffering from erectile dysfunction but without heart disease, diabetes, hypertension or other conditions known to cause impotence.
Along with exercising two hours a week, half of the 110 men studied were placed on a calorie-restriction diet in which their average caloric intake dropped from 2,340 to 1,950 calories daily. Their diet boosted their fibre intake and they substituted saturated fats with mono-unsaturated fats.
The other half were given general information about healthy food choices and exercise, but not placed on any specific regimen.
After two years, the men advised to lose weight saw little improvement in either weight loss or sexual function. But the men who ate less and exercised more lost about 15 per cent of their weight. What's more, one in three were found to regain sexual function.
"In our study, about one-third of obese men with erectile dysfunction regained their sexual function after two years of adopting healthy behaviours, mainly regular exercise and reducing weight," Esposito said.
***** So those of you gentlemen with this increasingly prevalent problem, remember to exercise regularly and maintain a reasonably strict diet. The end result will be worth your effort. In the event there is no 'significant improvement' at least you can have the consolation of knowing that your health would have been better than when you first started exercising.
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