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Does sedentary leisure time affect men’s risk of erectile dysfunction?

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Previous research has identified genetic variants linked to sedentary leisure behavior, which includes activities such as watching television, using a computer, and operating a vehicle. In a new analysis published in Andrology, a higher genetic susceptibility to leisure computer usage was associated with a greater risk of erectile dysfunction in men.

In the analysis of data on more than 200,000 men, each 1.2 hour increase in leisure computer usage predicted 3.57-fold greater odds of erectile dysfunction. There was no evidence to suggest that watching television or driving for leisure increased the risk of erectile dysfunction. Also, computer use was not linked with depression, anxiety, or markers of blood vessel health, but it was associated with lower levels of follicle-stimulating hormone, which plays a role in sexual development and reproduction in both males and females.

“The present study offered substantial evidence for a positive causal association between computer use and the risk of erectile dysfunction. However, a definitive causal association needs to be established by further research,” the authors wrote.

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The field of Andrology, emerging over the last 40 years, has produced several specialty journals covering both basic scientific and clinical areas. The International Journal of Andrology began publication in 1978 and became the official journal of the European Academy of Andrology (EAA) in 1992. The American Society of Andrology (ASA) launched the Journal of Andrology in 1980. These two leading journals in the field of Andrology are now combined into a single, even more prominent journal, Andrology. Andrology serves to increase the visibility, impact and prominence of both journals, and to better promote the field of Andrology, together with the work of the EAA and ASA.

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