Don’t ignore erectile warning signs of major health issues

Dr Michael Gillman“Good Medicine”
Dr Michael Gillman“Good Medicine”

HAVING difficulties obtaining or maintaining an erection can be a source of great frustration and embarrassment for men, but did you know that they could also be signals of major underlying health problems?

Around 40 per cent of men aged 50 years and over have problems with their erections and in the majority of these men, there is an underling medical problem.

It is well known that men with vascular risk factor conditions such as high blood pressure, high blood sugar levels, high cholesterol levels and being overweight have an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes, but these very same risk factors are the main causes of erection problems.

So what are the early signs or symptoms of high blood pressure or high sugar or cholesterol levels?

Usually none, except for the onset of erection problems.

If your erections are not as strong as they were or if they are not lasting as long as they did, it may well be that you have one or more of these risk factors and are at risk of a future heart attack or stroke.

You can think of your erectile function as a "barometer" of your vascular health.

So here is the message: If you notice that your erectile function is deteriorating, make an appointment with your GP to get a medical check-up which will look for these vascular risk factors and treat them as needed.

It may well be the very thing that prevents you from developing an early heart attack or stroke.

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