Ever wondered about all those ads on late-night TV for pharmaceuticals to treat "restless leg syndrome"? Now there's a reason to start popping those drugs: A roving leg might be a sign that you're at risk of developing impotence.
First of all, the facts. What the hell is "restless leg syndrome"? Researchers at Harvard who published a study over the weekend on the connection between RLS and impotence define it like this:
Having unpleasant leg sensations combined with restlessness and an urge to move; with symptoms appearing only at rest, improving with movement, worsening in the evening or at night compared with the morning, and occurring five or more times per month.
Which, you must admit, sounds dangerously like the kind of symptoms people have all the time for no reason.
Nevertheless, our researchers found that:
Erectile dysfunction was 16 percent more likely in men with RLS symptoms that occur five to 14 times per month (odds ratio of 1.16) and 78 percent more likely in men whose RLS symptoms occur 15 or more times a month (OR=1.78)
So if your legs feel kind of achey and you have wanderlust, it's time to start getting paranoid about your penis. Wait, maybe that's not the right takeaway message.