A new study suggests that the syndrome of restless legs in men may be linked to erectile problems.
The study conducted by the specialists from Harvard University was based on the previous research by the scientists that proved that erectile dysfunction was more frequent among older men with the syndrome of restless legs. This sleep disorder is highly associated with the development of ED in older men.
The study involved about 11,000 men, with an average age of 64 in the beginning of the research in 2002. The participants were diagnosed to have no impotence, diabetes or arthritis at the start of the trial.
Actually, according to RLS or restless legs syndrome diagnostic criteria recommended by the International RLS, the men have this syndrome if they experience the symptoms of restless legs four – five times a month.
The researchers found 1,979 cases of erectile dysfunction in all the participants. The result was surprising because men with restless legs syndrome were about 50 % more likely to have sexual problems than men without the syndrome.
It was estimated that males who experienced the symptoms of the syndrome up to 14 times a month were about 70% more likely have erectile dysfunction.
The researchers say that they need more time to conduct a new larger study to get the fool answer why the mechanism of restless legs syndrome may have the influence on the erectile function in men.

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