Sexual Health

Year Published: 2020

Journal

JAMA Netw Open

Authors

Scott R Bauer, Benjamin N Breyer, Meir J Stampfer, Eric B Rimm, Edward L Giovannucci, Stacey A Kenfield

Methods

"Erectile dysfunction, especially in younger men, is an early sign of cardiovascular disease and may decrease quality of life. Men may be motivated to adopt a healthy dietary pattern if it lowers their risk of erectile dysfunction. Objective: To assess the association between adherence to a diet quality index based on healthy dietary patterns and erectile dysfunction in men."

Key Findings

Results showed that adherence to healthy dietary patterns was associated with a lower risk for erectile dysfunction. Heatlhier dietary patterns emphasized vegetables, fruits, nuts, legumes, and fish, while avoiding red/processed meats. For men who followed these patterns, risk for erectile dysfunction was lowered by up to 20%.