Low Levels of Vitamin D Might Raise ED Risk, Study Says
ISSM Biennial Business Meeting to be Held in China
New research published in Atherosclerosis suggests a connection between vitamin D deficiency and erectile dysfunction (ED).
In a study of 3,390 men, U.S. researchers found that the prevalence rates for vitamin D deficiency (defined as levels below 20 ng/mL) were 36% for men with ED and 29% for men without ED.
The men ranged in age from 20 to 85 years. None of them had atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease and none took ED medication.
The research team noted that vitamin D deficiency and ED share risk factors with atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, including high blood pressure, diabetes, inflammation, and endothelial dysfunction.
It's possible that the connection stems from insufficient production of nitric oxide (a compound essential for erections) or poor blood flow to the penis due to endothelial damage and atherosclerosis, the authors said.
Further research is needed to see whether supplementation would help Vitamin D deficient men with ED.
Please note that the Biennial Business Meeting of ISSM Members will take place on Friday, September 23, 2016 at the China National Convention Center in Beijing.
The meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m. local time.
The meeting will include elections for ISSM officers and directors as well as reports on items of general interest to members.
Full ISSM members in good standing will vote for the following vacant positions on the ISSM Board of Directors:
Two (2) Members-at-Large