If you want to know how a man is doing in bed, all you have to do is look at his neck.
A recent study by Turkish researchers concluded that men who have thick throats have an increased risk of developing erectile dysfunction compared to men who have thin throats.
"The circumference of the neck may be a new component of the metabolic syndrome manifested in the case of erectile dysfunction. We have suggested that a neck circumference of over 35 centimeters may predict erectile dysfunction in patients suffering from metabolic syndrome, ”the study authors reported.
Metabolic syndrome refers to a combination of several disorders that, when they occur together, increase the risk of developing cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
According to specialists at Mayo Clinic, men with erectile dysfunction are not able to have an erection during intercourse. Erectile dysfunction can be caused by various biological or psychological factors including obesity, lack of exercise, smoking, alcohol or drug use, and stress. It is also the most common sexual problem identified among men.
Scientists at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health have found that more than 18 million men in the United States, over 20, are affected by erectile dysfunction. On the other hand, it seems that high physical activity and approach to measures to prevent cardiovascular disease and diabetes are associated with a decline in cases diagnosed with erectile dysfunction.
"Physicians should approach a more aggressive tactic regarding the monitoring of middle-aged and even older patients suffering from diabetes or hypertension. The association between erectile dysfunction and the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease may motivate men to change their diet and lifestyle, ”explained Dr. Elizabeth Selvin of Bloomberg School of Public Health's Department of Epidemiology.
In the new study, scientists at the University School of Medicine in Ankara, monitored 90 people between the ages of 40 and 60 and concluded that men with a neck circumference greater than 35 centimeters are more likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction, compared to the rest of the men in the study.
"It's a very interesting study. Increased neck circumference is also associated with sleep apnea, which in turn is associated with decreased sexual appetite, ”said Dr. David Goldmeier of St. Mary's Hospital in Paddington.
There are currently several studies that have found a link between sleep apnea and a low libido among women or erectile dysfunction in men. The results of a 2009 study indicated that 70% of men who were treated for sleep apnea were also treated for erectile dysfunction. Scientists have associated this decline in sexual activity with a fluctuation in sex hormones caused by sleep problems