Study published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine guarantees that the effects of exercise are the same as the famous drug for erectile dysfunction
A new systematic review published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine compares the effects of performing physical activity for at least 30 minutes, three times a week, to that of medications such as Viagra (Sildenafil).
“This study provides doctors and patients with the evidence they need to recommend aerobic activity as part of treatment for erectile dysfunction,” said Larry E. Miller, a researcher at Miller Scientific and one of the study’s authors.
In this review, researchers compared 11 clinical trials involving the use of medications against the dysfunction to the effects of continuous physical exercise. In total, 1,100 men with different weights and health conditions were considered. Scientists came to the following conclusions:
- With the practice of physical exercises there was an improvement of 2 to 5 points in cases of erectile dysfunction. In severe cases of erectile dysfunction, the effect was close to 5;
- In the case of medications like Viagra, patients experienced an improvement of 4 to 8 points;
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Regarding treatment with testosterone replacement, the improvement was 2 points. “Regular aerobic exercise can improve erectile function in men. Health professionals should consider recommending regular exercise as a low-risk, non-pharmacological therapy for men with erection difficulties,” the authors assured.
In Brazil, it is estimated that there are 25 million men suffering from erectile dysfunction. It occurs more frequently among older men (50% of cases occur after the age of 40) and is related to the natural decline in testosterone levels, weakened pelvic muscles and loss of nerve function that helps the brain communicate with other systems. of the body.
Even with this study, it is important to consult a doctor to find out which treatment is most effective in each case of erectile dysfunction. The decision to take medication or not is up to both of you.
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