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Men should exercise to improve sex life

May 31, 2010 |  9:30 am

MenSexFit Many men turn to a little pill if they are unhappy with their sexual functioning. But it might be worth giving exercise a try.

Men who exercised had significantly higher scores on a sexual-function questionnaire compared with men who were sedentary, according to a study released Monday at the annual meeting of the American Urological Assn.

The study evaluated 178 men, both whites and blacks, whose average age was 62. When researchers adjusted for factors that could affect sexual functioning -- such as age, body mass index, heart disease, diabetes, medications and depression -- the men who reported more exercise still had significantly higher sexual function scores.

Among all the men, however, the average sexual function score was only 53 points out of a possible 100. The study was conducted at the Durham VA Medical Center.

-- Shari Roan

Photo credit: Bryan McLellan  /  For The Times