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A new study finds men suffer more from sexual dysfunction as they age, but that such problems can be delayed among those who lead an active, healthy lifestyle.

Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health assessed the sexual function of 31,742 men between the ages of 53 and 90. Thirty-three percent of participants reported experiencing erectile dysfunction, the inability to have and maintain an erection sufficient for intercourse, in the previous three months.

But men who reported they were physically active, defined as running three hours or more a week or playing singles tennis five hours a week, reported a 30 percent lower risk of erectile dysfunction compared to men in the study who reported little or no physical activity.

Scripps Howard

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