Men who take small steps are 40% more likely to have erectile dysfunction & # 39; because they have weaker pelvic muscles & # 39;
- A study measured the stride length and foot height of men from the floor
- Those with smaller steps often struggled with impotence
- The researchers said that pelvic muscle strength is linked to getting an erection
Men who take small steps are 40 percent more likely to have erectile dysfunction because they have weaker pelvic muscles, scientists believe.
A study measured the stride length of men and how far they pulled their feet off the ground while walking.
Those with smaller steps were more likely to have impotence than those with long strides.
The researchers believe that the strength of the muscles in the pelvis plays a role in the ability to get an erection.
Men who take small steps are 40 percent more likely to have erectile dysfunction because they have weaker pelvic muscles, scientists claim
Principal investigator Shingo Hatakeyama, of the Hirosaki University Graduate School of Medicine, Japan, said: Muscular strength and flexibility of the pelvis and legs are key factors for erectile dysfunction.
& # 39; We believe that both erectile dysfunction and small steps can be caused by weak pelvic muscles. & # 39;
WHAT IS IMPOTENCE?
Erectile dysfunction, also known as impotence, is when a man cannot get or maintain an erection.
It is more common among people over 40, but it affects men of all ages.
Failure to stay upright is usually due to fatigue, stress, anxiety or alcohol and is not a cause for concern.
However, it can be a sign of an underlying medical condition such as high blood pressure or cholesterol, side effects of medication or hormonal problems.
Lifestyle factors that can influence the condition are obesity, smoking, too much cycling, too much drinking and stress.
Source: NHS Choices
The findings, published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, come from a study of 324 men.
Their gait was measured by the length of the step of each participant and the height of their foot while walking.
Men with the smallest steps and the shortest lift off the ground were 40 percent more likely to have erectile dysfunction.
The authors wrote: & # 39; Contraction of the pelvic floor muscles helps to maintain the rigidity of the penis by preventing venous return
Professor Raj Persad, urologist consultant at Bristol Urology Associates, commented on the findings.
He said: & # 39; Stride can correlate with strength and libido and therefore testosterone that stimulates sexual function.
& # 39; Perhaps a longer pass correlates with better functioning of the blood vessels or more confidence in sexual ability.
& # 39; Exercise is much better for sexual functioning than a sedentary life, but this can also correlate with stride length. & # 39;
Erectile dysfunction, of impotence, is defined as the inability to get or maintain an erection sufficient for sexual satisfaction.
It is often caused by stress, fatigue, anxiety or drinking too much alcohol, and usually dissolves itself, according to the NHS.
Reduced physical activity has also been shown to be a risk factor for erectile dysfunction, with studies showing that people who exercise often have a lower risk of impotence.
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