Men who smoke cigarettes expose themselves to the risk of erectile dysfunction, according to Tulane University researchers. The more men smoke, the higher their chances of experiencing erectile dysfunction, say the researchers.
Led by Jiang He, Professor of Epidemiology at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, the researchers.
examined the association between cigarette smoking and erectile dysfunction in a 2000-2001 study in China that involved 7,684 men.
The surveyed men were between the ages of 35 to 74, and they did not have vascular disease.
The researchers used questionnaires to assess the status of cigarette smoking and erectile dysfunction.
It was found that there was a significant statistical link between the number of cigarettes that men smoked and the likelihood that they would experience erectile dysfunction. This association was even stronger in participants with diabetes.
Although erectile dysfunction is not a life-threatening condition, it compromises well-being and quality of life.