Glaucoma and ED Might Be Linked, Study Suggests
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Canadian researchers have found that men with glaucoma are more likely to have erectile dysfunction (ED) than men without the eye disease, according to a recent study in the Journal of Glaucoma.
The study involved 128 men who were patients at a ophthalmology clinic in British Columbia. All of the men were over age 40. Sixty-one had glaucoma and the rest did not.
Each participant completed the International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF) and provided information about his overall health.
Forty percent of the men had ED. In addition, men with glaucoma were 2.58 times more likely to have problems with erections. Men with severe cases of glaucoma often had severe cases of ED.
It was unclear just how the two conditions were linked. The scientists theorized that blood vessel inflammation could contribute to both glaucoma and ED in these men.
More research is needed to confirm the association.
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