NEWS BRIEF: Why dealing with erectile dysfunction is a matter of life and death

I’ve said it before, but it still holds true. If there’s one thing that gets men in the door of a doctor’s office fast, it’s erectile dysfunction.

And you know what? That’s as good a reason as any. In fact, based on the results of a new review, it’s a better, more precautionary reason than most men even realize.

This meta-analysis of nearly 30 studies appeared recently in the journal Vascular Medicine. Researchers set out to examine the association between erectile dysfunction and early heart disease. And what they found should be front and center on every man’s radar.

Specifically, they discovered a significant link between erectile dysfunction and endothelial dysfunction. Your endothelium is the layer of cells that lines your blood vessels—and if it’s not working properly, your vessels can’t relax and dilate properly. This impedes circulation and jacks up your blood pressure. It also makes getting a firm erection nearly impossible.

The researchers also found a connection between erectile dysfunction and carotid intimal medial thickness. That’s the technical term for the arterial scarring and hardening that marks early atherosclerosis (narrowing and hardening of the arteries). And needless to say, it doesn’t bode well for future cardiovascular health.

That may sound like bad news. And for anyone dealing with erectile dysfunction—which poses enough problems where quality of life is concerned—it certainly is. But this conclusion’s lining is as silver as they come.

Why? Because once you’ve identified ED as the canary in the coalmine, you can take steps to address the real cause behind your troubles in the bedroom. And this early intervention could prove lifesaving—especially for younger men who are still in the subclinical stages of looming heart disease.

As you might have already guessed, Viagra is not the solution you’re looking for. But a comprehensive, circulation-focused sexual health strategy is. And that’s exactly what you’ll find in the January 2017 newsletter article, “Beyond the little blue pill: the real causes behind erectile dysfunction… and how to cure it at any age.”

If you missed it then, I can’t think of a better time to log into the archives at and catch up.



Osondu CU, et al. Vasc Med. 2017 Dec 1:1358863X17725809.