Could ED Mean Diabetes?
By Madeline Haller
Can’t get it up? A disappointed partner could be the least of your worries. Erectile dysfunction (ED) may be linked with diabetes, finds a new report in Clinical Research in Cardiology.
In the study, young men with ED (under 40) had higher systolic blood pressure, insulin resistance, and cholesterol, and an accelerated hardening of the arteries compared to same-age guys without erectile issues.
Researchers say it all starts with the insulin resistance, which can lead to diabetes over time. Diabetes adversely affects your arteries and puts you at risk for high blood pressure, which ultimately ups your odds for cardiovascular disease. And—you guessed it—poor cardiovascular health is arguably the number one reason men get ED, says Mark Moyad, M.D., of the University of Michigan Medical Center.
Luckily, it’s easy to stop insulin resistance in its tracks (and as a result, stop from going soft). The two-step solution: Hit the gym and maintain a healthy diet. Recent research from the Diabetes Prevention Program found that a 7-percent weight loss—roughly 14 pounds for a 200-pound man—paired with walking for 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week reduces your risk of diabetes by 58 percent.