A study in the Jan. 1 issue of the journal Sleep shows that erectile dysfunction
was more common in older men with restless leg syndrome (RLS) than in those
without RLS, and the magnitude of this association increased with a higher
frequency of RLS symptoms.
Results show that erectile dysfunction was 16
percent more likely in men with RLS symptoms that occur five to 14 times per
month (odds ratio of 1.16) and 78 percent more likely in men whose RLS symptoms
occur 15 or more times a month (OR=1.78). The associations were independent of
age, body mass index, use of antidepressants, anxiety and other possible risk
factors for RLS. Fifty-three percent of RLS patients and 40 percent of
participants without RLS reported having erectile dysfunction, which was defined
as a poor or very poor ability to have and maintain an erection sufficient for
The results suggest it is likely that the two disorders share
common mechanisms, said lead author Xiang Gao, MD, PhD, instructor at Harvard
Medical School, associate epidemiologist at Brigham and Women's Hospital and
research scientist at the Harvard School of public health in Boston, Mass.
Well I guess my new year resolution is to stop my RLS, less I want to pop blue pills when I'm older.