Men who get an erection in the morning are less likely to die from heart disease or stroke, according to a new study.
Scientists asked about 1,800 middle-aged and older men in Belgium how often they got morning erections and found that those who got them regularly were about 22 percent less likely to die from the diseases.
The researchers, who published their findings in the journal Age and aging† said nighttime erections are a sign of good circulation.
dr. Leen Antonio, lead researcher and assistant professor of endocrinology at the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium, said: “Erectile dysfunction and poor morning erections are associated with increased mortality.”
“Loss of morning erections is a sign that your blood vessels are not functioning properly,” added Dr. Geoff Hackett, the ex-president of the British Society for Sexual Medicine, in an interview with The sun.
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“That means you’re at significant risk of heart attack or stroke within three to five years. This applies to celibate single men – not just those who have a partner.”
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