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Study Finds Diet Associated With Erectile Dysfunction

Dec 29, 2023 ● By Rishard Lekkas, ND, and Jerry Garcia, PA-C
Jerry Garcia, PA-C, EMAA and Rishard Lekkas, ND

Jerry Garcia, PA-C, EMAA and Rishard Lekkas, ND. Photo credit Raymond Wohl.

In a recent study on the association of diet with erectile dysfunction (ED), it was found that erectile difficulty is an early sign of cardiovascular disease and may decrease quality of life in men. The study—published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2020—suggested that adopting a healthy dietary pattern might lower the risk of experiencing ED, potentially motivating men to make healthier food choices.

More than 21,000 U.S. males between the ages of 40 to 75 years old were involved in the study, which ran from 1998 to 2014, with the analysis of data completed in 2020. Notably, the research indicated that adherence to the Mediterranean diet was associated with the lowest relative risk of incident ED among the participants. Additionally, the study found that men younger than 60 that followed a healthy dietary pattern had a reduced risk of experiencing ED.

The conclusion and relevance drawn from this cohort study underscore the importance of maintaining a healthy diet in reducing the risk of ED. This research provides valuable insights into the potential benefits of dietary modifications in mitigating the risk of this condition, particularly among younger men.

It’s important to note that while this study sheds light on the association between diet and ED, individual health circumstances can vary. Consulting with healthcare professionals for personalized advice regarding dietary choices and overall health is advisable for individuals concerned about this issue.

Rishard Lekkas and Jerry Garcia are on staff at Chicago Male Clinic, located at 4801 W. Peterson Ave., Ste. 506, Chicago. For more information, call 773-414-9900 or visit