Leisurely Computer Use Linked to Increased Erectile Dysfunction Risk

Too much time in front of a computer may cause erectile dysfunction in men, new research suggests.

A study of over 200,000 men published in Andrology found a correlation between increased computer use and erectile dysfunction (ED). The research indicates that every additional 1.2 hours on a computer amplifies a man’s odds of suffering ED by nearly four times. The study’s subject pool also showcased a heightened genetic predisposition for sedentary computer use.

The analysis uncovered a connection between prolonged leisure computer use and decreased follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) levels. FSH is vital for sperm production. The study did not find the same correlation to other forms of inactivity like leisurely driving or watching TV.

“Although the specific mechanism of erectile dysfunction caused by computer use has not been clarified in the present study, the damage of sedentary behavior to erectile function appears to be clear,” the study’s authors wrote. “In other words, physical activity can help to prevent or improve erectile function.”
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