The influence of the Mediterranean diet on erectile dysfunction

Metabolic syndrome is a group of metabolic disorders. Characterize by accumulation of fat in the abdominal region and at least one of the following metabolic abnormalities: type II diabetes, obesity, hypertension, dyslipidemia, and insulin resistance. Today is very widespread, and affects nearly half of men older than 50 years. In people with metabolic syndrome is a common the erectile dysfunction. Erectile dysfunction is the inability to achieve or maintain an erection sufficient for sexual intercourse. Today it is estimated that in the United States of erectile dysfunction sufferer at 10-20 million men.

It was conducted scientific research whose aim was to show the impact of the Mediterranean diet on erectile dysfunction associated with metabolic syndrome. In the study observed men who are engaged in scientific research related to lifestyle changes, primarily to changes in diet. The observed person had to meet four criteria: diagnosed erectile dysfunction, diagnosed metabolic syndrome, have a complete monitoring data from past studies, and participated in the intervention embroidered with a change of diet. Included was 65 men. They were divided into two groups. The first group consisted of 35 men who were in the intervention group. In the control group participated 30 men. The men in the intervention group were given detailed instructions and tips on nutrition intervention and individualized diet programs which are adhered to during the observation. Men in the control group were given basic guidelines about healthy eating. Men in both groups had to increase physical activity at least 30 minutes of walking a day, along with swimming and the aerobic exercises with the ball. The measurements and data collection was conducted at intervals of 3 days.

After two years, the results showed that men from the intervention group the majority of calorie intake get through unsaturated fats, had higher intake of omega-3 fatty acids and the lower intake of saturated fat than the control group. Also in the intervention group was higher consumption of fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grain and olive oil. Physical activity was increased in both groups. In the intervention group after two years was a significant decrease in glucose, insulin, LDL-cholesterol, triglycerides and blood pressure, a significant increase in HDL-cholesterol. Of course, in the intervention group was improvement the erectile function.

The results show that the Mediterranean diet has a positive effect on erectile dysfunction associated with metabolic syndrome. Scientists say that even if it is accompanied by a smaller weight loss, the best results in the improvement of erectile dysfunction have a diet based on the Mediterranean diet, rich in whole grains, fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts and olive oil.


[Esposito 2006] Esposito K, Ciotola M, Giugliano F, De Sio M, Giugliano G, D’armiento M, Giugliano D. Mediterranean diet improves erectile function in subjects with the metabolic syndrome. International Journal of Impotence Research (2006) 18, 405–410. doi:10.1038/sj.ijir.3901447; published online 5 January 2006

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