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Are Men With ED at Higher Risk for Death?

Are Men With ED at Higher Risk for Death? Men with erectile dysfunction (ED) might be at higher risk for death, scientists report.

Serious medical conditions associated with sexual problems could be the clue that explains the connection.

The findings are based on data from 1,913 men between the ages of 40 and 79. All were participants in the European Male Ageing Study from 2003 to 2005. Researchers analyzed the men’s hormones and sexual function and followed their health progress for an average of 12 years. At that point, about a quarter of the men had died.

What did the deceased men have in common? Many of them had sexual symptoms. For example, men who had three sexual symptoms were at higher risk for death than those without sexual symptoms. ED and poor morning erections seemed to be especially problematic. These symptoms, but not lower libido, were linked to a higher likelihood of death.

The researchers explained that some sexual symptoms, particularly ED, are linked to other health conditions like vascular disease and low testosterone.

The study was accepted for publication in the Journal of the Endocrine Society.

If you or your partner are having trouble with erections, be sure to see a urologist. ED can be an early sign of other health problems, like heart disease, diabetes, and atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). Having a complete checkup will help you and your doctor identify issues and get them treated. Your doctor can also guide you on treatments specifically for ED.


Endocrine Society

Antonio, Leen, MD, PhD, et al.

“Sexual Symptoms Predict All-Cause Mortality Independently of Sex Steroids in Ageing Men”

(Abstract OR02-06, accepted for presentation at the Endocrine Society’s annual meeting and for publication in the Journal of the Endocrine Society)

“Men with erectile dysfunction may face higher risk of death”

(Press release. March 31, 2020)