Erectile Dysfunction – an Early Warning Sign
Recent research suggests that for some men, erectile dysfunction (ED) may be an early warning sign that they have undiagnosed diabetes and/or high blood pressure.
Whilst not every man with erectile dysfunction will have an underlying issue the statistics from the paper are noteworthy. 19.4% of men with ED had undiagnosed high blood pressure compared with 9.3% without erectile dysfunction. The numbers for diabetes were more significant with 11.5% of men with ED having undiagnosed diabetes compared with 2.8% of men without ED and this was even greater in the 40 to 59 years old bracket where men with ED were five times more likely to have undiagnosed diabetes.
With the availability today of medicines like Viagra (sildenafil) to help treat erectile dysfunction, men are more likely now than ever to visit the doctor for help. This is even more so with Viagra coming off patent and generic brands flooding the market making the erectile dysfunction treatment more affordable. The paper suggest that when men seek treatment for erectile dysfunction this then provides a “window of curability” for those at risk of heart disease and diabetes. Doctors can take the opportunity to either treat the underlying problem or instigate preventative treatment, and while ED itself is not life threatening, high blood pressure and complications of diabetes certainly can be.
The fact that a man presents to the doctor for help with erectile dysfunction suggests that he is seeking to improve his quality of life, so why not look at other measures which can improve and lengthen it. To treat or prevent high blood pressure and diabetes for those men at risk is imperative. Surely its better to live healthier and longer and enjoy the benefits of Viagra!
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