Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Restless legs syndrome linked to erectile dysfunction

Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a neurological sleep disorder characterized by an overwhelming urge to move the legs at night. This study showed a link between RLS and erectile dysfunction (ED). Men with RLS had a 38% increased risk of ED compared with men without RLS, after adjusting for age, smoking status, and other potential confounders. What's not known, is if the men had obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). RLS is often seen in OSA. The OSA could have attributed to the ED, not the RLS.

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