Men living on main roads risk 'significant' erectile dysfunction

Francesca Specter
Yahoo Style UK deputy editor
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Men who live on polluted main or busy roads could be at risk of erectile dysfunction, according to a new study.

If better air quality, slower living and better fruit and veg weren’t enough to convince you to make the move to greener pastures anew, these new findings may just seal the deal.

The research, published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine, linked higher exposure to pollution with erectile dysfunction – which is understood by the NHS as struggling to get or maintain an erection.

In the study, which was conducted on a group of 40 rats, scientists looked at the link between gasoline vehicle exhaust (VE) and erectile function.

The rats were exposed to either two, four or six hours of VE a day – while a test group of 10 rats were exposed to none at all.

Subjects who were in contact with both four hours or six hours of VE daily for three months were found to have a “significant’ reduction in erectile function.

What’s more, the rats exposed to the most VE also had a decreased lung capacity compared to the control group.

Pollution isn’t the only factor in modern day living that could affect men’s sexual health.

Last December, research from the University of Padua found chemicals in non-stick pans could affect hormone signalling, leading to ‘significantly’ smaller penises and less mobile sperm.

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