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ESC: Mediterranean diet can improve male erectile function

European Society of Cardiology(ESC): Mediterranean diet can improve male erectile function.

European Society of Cardiology (ESC): Mediterranean diet can improve male erectile function



European Society of Cardiology(ESC): Mediterranean diet can improve male erectile function.

A recent study published by the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) showed that after erectile dysfunction occurs in middle-aged men with higher blood pressure, following the Mediterranean diet can improve erectile ability.

According to Dr. Athanasios Angelis of the University of Athens, Greece, erectile dysfunction is a small arterial vascular disease. The decrease in local vasodilatability leads to insufficient blood supply to the penis, making it difficult to achieve an erection.

Hypertension is one of the common diseases that cause vascular disease. The incidence of erectile dysfunction in men with hypertension is twice that of those of the same age in the normal range of blood pressure.

Mediterranean diet

The Mediterranean diet is one of the most popular healthy eating patterns in recent years. It emphasizes that the diet should be based on fruits, vegetables, whole grains and olive oil, moderate consumption of dairy products, and limit the intake of red meat. Many studies have confirmed that the Mediterranean diet has the effect of lowering blood pressure and can reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. So, can the Mediterranean diet improve penis-related vascular function?

The Angelis research group conducted a study on 250 men with high blood pressure and erectile dysfunction. Their average age was 56 years old. They assessed their diets through questionnaires and scored from 0 to 55 points. The higher the score, the closer to the standard Mediterranean diet.

Researchers use exercise tests and blood testosterone tests to assess physical fitness and hormone status; use echocardiography to assess coronary blood supply. The higher the value, the stronger the vascular function, and the measurement of pulse pressure (systolic-diastolic blood pressure) to assess vascular stiffness degree. Erectile function is evaluated in accordance with the Men’s Sexual Health Survey (SHIM), with a maximum score of 25. The higher the score, the better the erectile ability.

The results found that men with a Mediterranean diet score of 29 or more had higher coronary blood flow reserves and testosterone levels, an erectile function SHIM score of more than 14 points, and low arterial stiffness. Patients with stronger exercise capacity have higher coronary blood flow reserves, higher testosterone, a Mediterranean diet score of more than 25, SHIM score of more than 12, and lower arterial stiffness.

Angelis said that the Mediterranean diet is associated with better exercise capacity, vascular health, testosterone levels, and erectile ability. It can be seen that this diet can enhance blood vessel capacity and limit the drop in testosterone levels to improve physical fitness and erectile function.

Of course, the Mediterranean diet is not a medicine and cannot replace medical prescriptions. We can learn the catering suggestions of the Mediterranean diet, and truly enjoy this diet and incorporate it into our daily lives. For example, we can put some olive oil in the salad, replace fried chicken with roast chicken, replace the snacks of potato chips with other nutritious diets, and so on.

Reference:

1. escardio

Mediterranean diet shows promise in men with erectile dysfunction

https://www.escardio.org/The-ESC/Press-Office/Press-releases/mediterranean-diet-shows-promise-in-men-with-erectile-dysfunction

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