Depression linked to erectile dysfunction in sleep apnea patients

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) – Depression and low quality of life may contribute to erectile dysfunction in men with sleep apnea, a Korean study suggests. Sleep apnea, a common disorder that leads to disrupted breathing or shallow breaths during slumber, has long been tied sexual health problems, researchers note in the Journal of Sexual Medicine. “Although the severity of obstructive sleep apnea is one of the risk factors for erectile dysfunction, the depression is likely to have a bigger impact,” said senior study author Hyun-Woo Shin of Seoul National University.
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