Regular aerobic exercise improves sexual function assessed by the Aging Males’ Symptoms questionnaire in adult men

Hiroshi Kumagai, Kanae Myoenzono, Toru Yoshikawa, Takehiko Tsujimoto, Kosei Shimomura, Seiji Maeda

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Abstract

The leading cause of aging-induced male-specific disorders such as physical, mental and/or sexual symptoms is testosterone deficiency. Although aerobic exercise is suggested to improves circulating testosterone levels, physical fitness, depressive symptoms, and sexual function, the effect of regular aerobic exercise on aging-induced disorders has not yet been clarified. Here we performed cross-sectional and interventional studies to identify the effect of aerobic exercise on aging-induced disorders assessed by the Aging Males’ Symptoms questionnaire (AMS). In study 1, the relationship between aerobic exercise capacity (i.e. peak oxygen consumption) and AMS scores were cross-sectionally examined in 169 adult men. In study 2, the effect of a 12-week regular aerobic exercise on AMS scores was longitudinally investigated in 18 adult men. In study 1, the AMS-total, AMS-somatic, AMS-psychological, and AMS-sexual scores were significantly correlated to aerobic exercise capacity even after considering age and testosterone levels. In study 2, 12-week aerobic exercise training significantly improved AMS-sexual and tended to improve AMS-total scores. Additionally, an increase in vigorous physical activity was correlated to improve in the AMS-sexual score. These results suggest that regular aerobic exercise is an effective strategy to improve aging-induced disorders in men.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1194-1201
Number of pages8
JournalAging Male
Volume23
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Physical fitness
  • aerobic exercise
  • male sexual function
  • peak oxygen consumption
  • testosterone

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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