An article published ahead of print on 13 February 2017 in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise reveals a study from University of North Carolina on 1077 subjects on endurance exercise training and male sexual libido. The authors conclude that exposure to higher levels of chronic intense and greater durations of endurance training on a regular basis are significantly associated with decreased libido scores in men. In this study, both moderate and light physical activity is associated with relatively high libidos.
This is another example of the risk-benefit paradox of exercise.
—H.C. George Wong, MD
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3. Hackney AC, Lane AR, Register-Mihalik J, O’Leary CB. Endurance exercise training and male sexual libido. Med Sci Sports Exerc 2017;[Epub ahead of print].
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