Erectile Dysfunction as a Warning Sign

Nov 10, 2014 0 Comments in Erectile Dysfunction by
Erectile Dysfunction as a Warning Sign

Erectile Dysfunction as a Warning Sign

Impotence can be more than a sexual health disorder and signals a number of other health problems, including heart disease. Impaired sexual health in an otherwise healthy man of 40-50 years could be a warning sign for heart disease, diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and arthrosclerosis.

Relation Between Sexual Health and Other Health Issues

Erectile Dysfunction and Heart Disease ImageA recent study published in journal Circulation found erectile dysfunction as a warning sign for several health issues, especially heart disease. The study found that men with ED were twice at a risk of dying due to related heart disease, as those without ED.

The relation between impotence and other health problems lies with the blockage of arteries. Your arteries responsible for carrying blood flow to different parts of the body, including penis, gradually become narrowed by vascular disease. One of the reasons for ED could be high cholesterol, which is deposited in the arteries in the form of plaque. Plaque accumulation in the arteries causes blockage of blood flow to different parts of the body.

Since the penile arteries are smaller, these are the first to be affected, thus providing a warning sign of potential health problems. You may not be able to achieve or maintain an erection if blood flow to your penis is constricted. Blood flow problem to the penis is the leading cause of erectile dysfunction.

The effect of plaque buildup depends on the organs and tissues nourished by the plaque-affected arteries and blood vessels.

Preventing ED

ED prevention, treatment, & natural remedies

A few lifestyle changes could go a long way in helping you protect an erection and prevent ED as well as other health disorders, which have common risk factors as erectile dysfunction.

– Keep your blood pressure reading normal

– Eat a healthy diet and reduce your sugar intake to keep your cholesterol levels normal and thus avoid the risk of plaque deposition from food

– Exercise regularly to get rid of fat deposits in your body and stay healthy

– Quit smoking, which is often linked to constriction of blood flow

– Avoid stress at all costs to prevent adrenalin excess in the body, which risks causing contraction of blood vessels

– Drink in moderation, as too much alcohol can cause hormonal disturbance in the body, which could lead to erection problems

Erectile dysfunction as a warning sign of health problems should not be ignored. Talk to your doctor immediately if you are experiencing erection problems. Timely treatment of your problem could save you from several serious health disorders.