News Tuesday November 1, 2011

If you have low testosterone levels, it may cause erectile dysfunction

The most common sexual condition in men, erectile dysfunction has many causes. A new cause has been added to it by a new study that was carried out by researchers in Germany. The lead researcher of the study, Aksam Yassin says, “Erectile dysfunction is a portal into men’s health.”

According to new study, men with low testosterone levels and metabolic syndrome are likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction, which is defined as their inability to achieve and maintain sufficient erection that can result in a satisfying sexual intercourse. Aksam Yassin further adds, “It is becoming clear that obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol problems, and erectile difficulties are intertwined, and a common denominator is testosterone deficiency.”

Details of this new study

Scientists from different countries like the Netherlands, Germany, and the United Arab Emirates carried out this study over a period of two years. The study involved 771 men whose average age was 56 years and they were suffering from erectile dysfunction problems.

The researchers screened them for low testosterone levels and metabolic syndrome symptoms, which in combined form can increase a patient’s risk for developing serious conditions like type 2 diabetes, vascular and heart disease.

Some of the risk factors for this syndrome include increased abdominal fat, low HDL cholesterol, high triglycerides, high blood pressure, and high blood sugar levels. If you have any three of these risks, then you may have low testosterone levels that may lead to erectile dysfunction.

What are the results of this study?

The results showed that out of 771 men, 141 were diagnosed with low testosterone levels that account to about 18.3 percent. Among men whose age was 45 years or older, about 12 percent cases reported deficiency of testosterone.

Some other findings suggest that about 35 percent of men had type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Among these, 8 men reported new diabetes diagnosis. About 31 percent men reported high blood pressure and among these 12 men were completely unaware about it. 162 men reported abnormal cholesterol or triglycerides and out of these 9 men were new to this problem. 108 men reported coronary heart disease in some varying degrees.

What do the doctors suggest now?

While doing medical consultation, your doctor should not only evaluate you for erectile dysfunction but also look for testosterone deficiency and signs of metabolic syndrome. Older men, especially need more attention.

People who actually suffer from erectile dysfunction problems can consider treatment drugs like Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra. Since these are prescription-only oral drugs, so you should not take them without consultation with a doctor.

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