An unhealthy lifestyle could put men at risk for sexual dysfunction, according to a new study.
Several factors associated with an unhealthy lifestyle, such as weight problems, physical inactivity, high alcohol consumption, tobacco smoking and hard drugs appear to be associated with sexual dysfunctions.
Additionally, unhealthy lifestyles are more common among persons who are sexually inactive.
Danish researchers analyzed survey data from over 5,500 men and women to study the association between lifestyle factors, sexual inactivity and sexual dysfunction.
They found that unhealthy lifesty factors are associated with an increased risk of sexual inactivity by up to 78 percent in men and 91 percent in women.
Meanwhile, the risk of experiencing sexual dysfunction was up to 71 percent greater in overweight men, and more than 800 percent greater in men who used hard drugs.
The researchers also found that women who used hashish had a risk nearly three times greater of anorgasmia - not being able to reach climax during sexual activity – than non-hashish users.
"Hopefully our findings can be used in future counseling of patients with unhealthy lifestyles," said lead researcher Professor Morten Frisch, MD, PhD, DSc, of Statens Serum Institute. "Knowing about possible negative consequences of an unhealthy lifestyle to one's sexual health may help people quit smoking, consume less alcohol, exercise more, and lose weight."
The study was published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine.