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Metabolic Syndrome More than Doubles ED Risk

Criteria for diagnosing metabolic syndrome vary among medical organizations. According to American Heart Association guidelines, a patient must have three of these five factors to be diagnosed.

Erectile dysfunction is the inability to get or keep an erection firm enough for sex.

While all of these metabolic factors have been associated with ED in the past, researchers wanted to get a better sense of the connection based on recent research.

Turkish researchers examined eight studies that included over 12,000 participants. The studies were published in medical journals between 2006 and 2013.

They found that overall, men with metabolic syndrome had a 2.6 higher risk for ED. But individual factors also increased risk. For example, men with high blood sugar were at double the risk. The risk for men with high blood pressure increased 1.5 times.

The components of metabolic syndrome can damage blood vessels in all parts of the body, including the penis. Since blood flow is essential for a good erection, keeping those blood vessels healthy may prevent ED, or at least keep it from getting worse.


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