Impotent Men May Be At Risk for Heart Problems

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Researchers from the Suzhou University in China carried out a study which concluded that impotence and other related problems may signal the risk of heart problems in some men. This result came from analyzing a number of studies which covered heart diseases and sexual health, more specifically that of impotence. On the lighter side, though, it was said that heart-healthy changes in one’s lifestyle can positively impact and curb the risks on men’s sexual and heart health.

Many scientists have long considered the string that connects heart health and impotency, however no tangible and solid proofs have been found out so far. However, the common theory that specialists carry is that the blood supplying arteries of the penis may clog and be atherosclerotic in an earlier period compared to those vessels located adjacent or proximate to the heart. This means that a clogging up of penile vessels can forewarn a person of a possible coronary artery disease. And as we all know, coronary artery diseases are common causes of heart attack and stroke—two of the most fatal conditions.

Twelve preceding studies and surveys were compiled by the group of Jia-Yi Dong involving about 37,000 men. As they wrote in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, “This meta-analysis … suggests that erectile dysfunction significantly increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, coronary heart disease, stroke and all-cause mortality, and the increase is probably independent of conventional cardiovascular risk factors.”

They found out that men with problems in terms of their potency to consummate a sexual act are more likely to develop heart disease by 48%. These men with impotence also had higher death rates compared to those men who can perform sexual intercourse.

The study group was able to dissociate the risks from traditional risk factors like smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity and the like. Furthermore they found out that if impotence is caused by incidences other than partnership conflicts or psychological issues, it is more likely to increase the risk for heart diseases.

However, another study proved that employing lifestyle modifications and using “—statin” drugs may improve men’s erectile problems a little. It was found out that men who perform exercises or those who eat a Mediterranean diet reported a 2.4 point improvement in erectile dysfunction, based on a 25 point scale.

This is proven in a separate study conducted by a group of researchers from the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. They reported that “The results of our study further strengthen the evidence that lifestyle modification and pharmacotherapy for cardiovascular risk factors are effective in improving sexual function in men with erectile dysfunction.” Furthermore, they added that “ lifestyle changes appeared to work regardless of whether the men were taking Viagra, the most common drug to treat impotence, or not.”




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