Do Men With ED Have Higher Risk Of Osteoporosis? [Science Says Yes]
By Johnathan P Cumberwell
According to a new research study, men with erectile dysfunction are significantly more likely to also struggle with osteoporosis.
What is osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis means “porous bone.” It is a bone disease that occurs when you lose too much bone, make too little bone, or both. As a result, your bones become weak and may break easily. In fact, there are cases of people with osteoporosis who have broken bones from simply sneezing.
This research study, which was published in the medical journal Medicine and reviewed 4 existing studies involving 22,312 participants, found something interesting:
That men with erectile dysfunction were 2.66 times more likely to also struggle with osteoporosis, than men that did not have ED.
The study also found that compared with older men, the increased risk of osteoporosis in ED patients seemed to be more pronounced in younger men.
Why is this the case?
Why do men who struggle with ED also often struggle with osteoporosis?
Well, it turns out osteoporosis and erectile dysfunctions have many of the same underlying causes.
One key one is testosterone deficiency. Testosterone is essential for bone formation to take place, as well as maintenance of existing bone structures.
Testosterone is also crucial in order to ‘get it up’.
Another important one is vitamin D. You need this vitamin in order to manufacture bones.
And vitamin D is also a building block of testosterone. So if you have little of this vitamin, you are also likely to have little testosterone.
A third one is inflammation.
High degrees of inflammation tend to be correlated with ED, as this will often damage the endothelial cells in the penis that produce nitric oxide.
Inflammation tends to also restrict bone formation and destroy existing bones.
And believe it or not, but a forth reason may be depression.
Depression is highly correlated with ED. And depression is also in studies found to be correlated with osteoporosis, as the stress hormone cortisol tends to cause decrease in bone density.
What are my takeaways from this study?
First of all, that if you struggle with ED, you may want to get a check for osteoporosis.
Secondly, that everything in the body and mind is connected. If one ‘thing’ is out of balance, several systems and functions can easily get out of balance as well.
And lastly, that if you struggle with ED, this is often an early sign that something is ‘off’ in your body. And that you would be wise to fix the underlying issues of ED.
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