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Are Readily-Prescribed ED Drugs Hiding Underlying Diabetes?

Anyone who watches TV knows that men with erectile dysfunction can try solving the problem by taking a pill. But they also need to be screened for diabetes, a new study suggests.


Doctors have long known that erectile dysfunction in midlife can be an early indicator of cardiovascular disease. Now a new analysis reports that middle-aged men with erectile dysfunction are at more than double the risk of having undiagnosed diabetes, which is itself a risk factor for heart disease, when compared with similar men who don’t have erectile problems.


Researchers analyzed data from men who participated in theNational Health and Nutrition Examination Survey during 2001-2004, and found that among those aged 40 to 59 who said they were “never” or only “sometimes” able to maintain an erection, one in 10 had undiagnosed Type 2 diabetes. Among men without erectile problems, by comparison, the rate was one in 50.


Though researchers found a correlation between erectile dysfunction and undiagnosed high blood pressure, it was not statistically significant; and men with erectile dysfunction were not at increased risk for having undiagnosed high cholesterol. The report was published in Annals of Family Medicine.


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Do You Suffer from ED? Try Cutting Back on Boozing!

Do You Suffer from ED? Try Cutting Back on Boozing! | Pharmaguy's Insights Into Drug Industry News | Scoop.it

A survey conducted by Pharma Dynamics, a generics pharmaceutical firm specialising in men’s sexual health, among others, found that 44% of SA men could be at risk of erectile dysfunction (ED) as a result of excessive drinking.


Clinical studies suggest that three or more standard alcoholic drinks per week significantly impairs erectile function and sexual satisfaction. A sobering thought, since more than 31% of SA males already consume over and above five standard glasses of alcohol per week and 13% toss back at least three glasses a week on a regular basis.


According to the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) latest report on alcohol and health, South Africa has the highest alcohol consumption rate in Africa, and one of the highest in the world, which doesn’t bode well for a healthy sex life.

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OK, but men have got to weigh that against the effect booze has on their female partners, which is the complete opposite of ED... IMHO

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