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High Blood Pressure, Diet, Exercise, and Better Sex

And Don't Smoke!

You should already know that smoking cigarettes is not part of a healthy lifestyle. Now you can count erectile dysfunction among the many ill effects of smoking.

A large study showed a link between smoking and a negative impact on erectile function. The major impact that smoking has on sexual function comes from the damage it does to blood vessels.

An earlier study, published in the Journal of Urology, showed that many smokers being treated for high blood pressure were totally unable to get erections -- 20% of smoking men compared with about 9% of nonsmokers.

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Reviewed by James Beckerman, MD, FACC on August 23, 2012

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