New Research on Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome and Risk for Erectile Dysfunction
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Poor glycemic control, insulin resistance, and metabolic syndrome are strong factors in an American man's risk for erectile dysfunction (ED), researchers from the Stanford University School of Medicine say.
Using data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) from 2001-2002 and 2003-2004, they identified 3,306 men who answered a question about erectile function.
Almost 20% of the men had ED. Seven percent had type 2 diabetes and about 18% had metabolic syndrome.
Men with poor glycemic control and severe cases of insulin resistance were the most likely to develop ED.
Metabolic syndrome was also a powerful factor, especially for men under age 40, who were five times more likely to develop ED than their counterparts without metabolic syndrome.
Understanding the relationship between these health conditions and erections could lead men to make healthier choices, the researchers said.
“Public health efforts to reduce the prevalence of obesity and to improve management of [type 2 diabetes] may help lessen the considerable burden of ED in the middle-aged and older male population,” the authors wrote.
“Conversely, educating the public about the [associations among ED, metabolic syndrome, and type 2 diabetes] may help motivate men to implement lifestyle changes that might yield extensive health benefits,” they added.
The study was published last month in the Journal of Sexual Medicine. Please click here to learn more.
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