Erectile dysfunction has many causes, which can range between the physical and psychological. Age, injury and disease fall into the former category, while anxiety and depression are considered the major psychological reasons men suffer from impotence. However, the condition has in the past rarely been recognised as a precursor or signal to further health issues. And simply put, it seems like impotence is seen more as a condition that is a by-product of something else rather than an indication.
However, as a recent news story on ScienceDaily points out, erectile dysfunction may be an indication of serious disease. This particular article draws on the fact that physically any issues involving gaining or maintaining an erection, which consists of increased blood flow into the penis, could be highlighting potential cardiovascular disease. As the heart is responsible for circulation and blood flow and pressure, the main components involved for an erection, it’s easy to see the connection.
This is further highlighted in the article with reference to diabetes as people who suffer from the condition are more likely to develop a hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis). The build up of plague, which causes the condition, can easily restrict blood flow into the penis and cause impotence. Dr. Timothy Boone, interviewed in the story, confirmed as much with his comments.
“The blood vessels that carry blood flow to cause an erection are very small, so even the smallest amount of obstructing plaque will present itself as a loss of sexual potency,” Dr. Boone said.
In a case like this impotence would definitely be a symptom of something else, and actually help in diagnosing a further condition. It’s also why men should inform their doctors if they experience any erectile difficulty as it may be an indication of a more serious condition. These two examples show that ED may be a precursor to heart disease or diabetes, but there others diseases that could potentially fall into this category too. And while it’s understandable that the erectile dysfunction may be embarrassing, the alternative of not knowing may be more dangerous to their health.
If you suffer from erectile dysfunction, we advise you to consult with your doctor to find out if there are any underlying conditions that the impotence is possibly a result of. Generally this is not the case but your health needs to be closely monitored especially if you don’t have a history of sexual dysfunction. If you would like to know more about impotence, please visit our impotence section, which has information concerning the condition as well as on treatments like Viagra and Cialis .