Vasculogenic Erectile Dysfunction: The Impact of Diet and Lifestyle

Am J Med. 2021 Mar;134(3):310-316. doi: 10.1016/j.amjmed.2020.09.033. Epub 2020 Nov 20.


Vasculogenic erectile dysfunction has been aptly called the "canary in the coal mine" for cardiovascular disease because it almost always precedes other manifestations of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, including myocardial infarction and stroke. It is common, associated with the presence of modifiable cardiovascular risk factors, and impacted by diet and lifestyle choices. This concise review provides an update on the use of dietary and other lifestyle interventions to improve vasculogenic erectile dysfunction and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.

Keywords: Cardiovascular disease; Diet; Erectile dysfunction; Lifestyle.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Atherosclerosis / complications
  • Diet*
  • Humans
  • Impotence, Vasculogenic / etiology
  • Impotence, Vasculogenic / therapy*
  • Life Style*
  • Male