For many men, though, it is much more. Erectile dysfunction, as it is formally known, is often an early warning sign of heart disease or other circulatory problems. From a purely mechanical perspective, an erection is a hydraulic event—extra blood must be delivered to the penis, kept there for a while, then drained away. An erection may not happen if something interferes with blood flow to the penis. That something is often atherosclerosis, the artery-clogging process at the root of most angina chest pain with exercise or stress , heart attacks, strokes, and other cardiovascular conditions.
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W ASHINGTON — Former football players who had experienced more severe concussions were more likely to report erectile dysfunction and low testosterone than other players, according to a team of Harvard researchers. It is the latest study to shed light on the long-term effects of playing football. It is the first study, the researchers said, to examine sexual health in a non-clinical setting in a large population of football players who suffered repeated brain injuries. In the investigation , published Monday in JAMA Neurology, researchers used self-reported data about treatment for ED and low testosterone in 3, former players. While the investigators did not directly attribute the association to a specific physical injury, the paper cited damage to the pituitary gland often sustained during major injuries as a likely culprit for the linked sexual health problems. Numerous past studies have shown a link between brain trauma and sexual dysfunction. Those studies, however, were often tied to a single, severe incident such as a car crash or battlefield injury — not football injuries that were comparatively less life-threatening.
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Indeed, studies show that prescription medications are responsible for as many as one of every four cases of sexual dysfunction — and this figure may understate the extent of the problem. How they can cause sexual dysfunction: Researchers say that by limiting the availability of cholesterol, a building block of hormones, these drugs likely interfere with the production of testosterone, estrogen and other sex hormones. Additionally, statins can cause rhabdomyolysis, a breakdown of muscle tissue, leading to joint pain and fatigue. A review of studies of statins and fibrates, published in , concluded that both classes of drugs may cause erectile dysfunction ED. And a six-month, government-funded study published in found that men and women taking statins reported increased difficulty achieving orgasm.
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