Erectile dysfunction: protect your heart with the Mediterranean diet, the rest will follow

People with erectile dysfunction who follow the principles of a Mediterranean diet benefit from less heart and vascular damage.

The Mediterranean diet is known to favorably influence various parameters of cardiovascular health. However, erectile dysfunction is not unrelated to the vascular state. According to Dr. Athanasios Angelis (Hippokration Hospital in Athens), 80% of erectile dysfunction cases are due to vascular problems. This is a signal that the patient is at increased risk of myocardial infarction or stroke.

Erectile dysfunction: indicative of poor cardiovascular health

The doctor conducted a study with 75 men with erectile dysfunction (average age 56). Adherence to the Mediterranean diet was assessed using the Med-Diet Score 1, according to the consumption of cereals, fruits, vegetables, meats, fish, dairy products, wine and olive oil. Vascular function was assessed by measuring on the one hand atheromatosis (atherosclerotic plaque measured at the level of the carotid artery) and on the other hand, arteriosclerosis (stiffness of the vessels assessed by pulse wave velocity carotid-femoral). Cardiac involvement was based on diastolic function and left ventricular mass.

Prevent cardiovascular weaknesses with the Mediterranean diet

The results show that a low Med-Diet Score is significantly associated with poorer cardiac function, thicker atherosclerotic plaque and higher vascular stiffness. The Mediterranean diet prevents the occurrence of all these parameters that weaken cardiovascular health. The quality of sexual life is closely linked, for men, to the health of their heart. For women too, but for other reasons.

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Athanasios Angelis: Mediterranean diet linked to improved CV function in erectile dysfunction patients. European Society of Cardiology


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