RedTracker| A new study promotes its findings as the first confirmation that erectile dysfunction is a strong predictor of heart disease. In my knowledge of the American research, the medical connection is well-established, but who cares.
We also disagree that the majority of people consider ED an emotional issue, although it can be. Again, who cares. Listen up.
Dr. Michael Bohm, a cardiologist at Germany’s Saarland University, and his colleagues studied 1,519 men from 13 countries who were involved in a study of two drugs to treat cardiovascular disease. The men were also queried about their ED at the beginning of the study, two years into it and at the end at five years. A full 55% of the men had ED at the beginning of the trial, nearly double the normal incidence of about 30% in the population at large. via LATimes
In the five years of follow-up, men with ED were 1.9 times as likely to die from heart disease, twice as likely to have a heart attack, 1.2 times as likely to be hospitalized for heart failure and 1.1 times more likely to have a stroke. The risks increased with the severity of the ED.
Women are considered to be important allies in addressing this sensitive topic, getting their husbands to doctors for medical input on the condition and also working on an effective diet that most likely benefits the entire family.