Posted by: Christian Goodman
ED is not something that necessarily happens to all men as they get older. In many cases, ED is a sign that there is a more serious underlying disease present that can ruin your health if you ignore it. Sometimes we’re talking life-threatening diseases.
And in this way, ED can be a helpful diagnostic tool that can save you from suffering these diseases full blown. But you absolutely cannot ignore this.
Here are six conditions that often cause ED or occur along with it:
1. Type 2 Diabetes. In a study published in Diabetes Care in 2002, scientists examined the medical records of 31,027 men and gave them questionnaires to test the severity of their ED and diabetes. Those with diabetes were 32 percent more likely to have ED than those without diabetes.
2. Coronary artery disease (CAD). A 2003 edition of the journal European Urology printed an article by scientists who concluded that men with CAD had a higher risk of developing ED than those with healthy arteries. Even better, in 70 percent of these cases, the ED arrived before the chest pain, which means that you can prevent your CAD from worsening by changing your lifestyle immediately when you start experiencing ED. When your arteries are damaged by CAD, you cannot have an erection because your arteries cannot relax enough to let blood flow into your penis.
3. Heart attack and stroke. These are unsurprising, as they are the two most serious medical consequences of CAD. They happen when the blood vessels to your heart or brain are blocked and cut off the blood supply to these important organs. In a large Taiwanese study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine in 2010, researchers demonstrated that stroke was 29 percent more likely in ED sufferers than in their sexually functional peers in the first five years after the study.
High blood pressure is the main cause of stroke and heart attack.
4. Dementia. In 2015, scientists demonstrated in the journal Medicine (Baltimore) that men with ED were 1.68 times more likely than men without ED to develop dementia, even if they did not have the other dementia risk factors like diabetes, hypertension, kidney disease, and so on.
In the same way as ED is caused by lack of blood flow to the genitals, dementia is caused by lack of blood flow to the brain.
5. Liver disease. Liver disease comes in various types: hepatitis, fatty liver disease, scarring, cirrhosis, and more. But the one thing they have in common is their contribution to ED. In a study on 117 Japanese patients with either chronic hepatitis or cirrhosis, published in the Journal of Gastroenterology, scientists found that a massive 78 percent of people with chronic hepatitis and 92 percent of people with psoriasis experienced ED.
6. Chronic kidney disease. Because damaged or diseased kidneys cannot clear toxins from your body, chronic kidney disease reaps havoc with the system that secretes your hormones (your endocrine system.) In a recent review article in the journal Advances in Chronic Kidney Disease, scientists said this could cause ED, decreased libido, infertility, anemia, hyperparathyroidism, impaired mineral absorption, and menstrual disturbances in women.
Fortunately, erectile dysfunction is most often just isolated issue. And even better, it can be completely cured by training the muscles around your genitals to pump more blood into that area.