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Men's Health

Erectile Dysfunction and Younger Men

Although erectile dysfunction has long been associated with cardiovascular disease, doctors have not paid enough attention to ED in younger men, according to a new study.

The research was published in the journal Vascular Medicine.

Risk factors for erectile dysfunction and CV disease are similar – including older age, smoking, obesity, and diabetes, among others. In addition, multiple overlapping mechanisms lead to the development of both erectile dysfunction and CV disease.

Now, the researchers – Drs. Chukwuemeka Osondu , of Baptist Health South Florida, Bryan Vo , of Florida International University, and Ehimen Aneni , of Mount Sinai Medical Center, and colleagues – say that measures of erectile dysfunction could be a simple yet effective tool, “particularly in young men who are less likely to undergo aggressive CVD risk assessment and management.”

The authors conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis of 28 studies that examined the link between erectile dysfunction and measures of early CV disease.

The authors explained that the “study findings indicate that [young] men [with erectile dysfunction] are at greater risk of having identifiable subclinical CV disease and will benefit from an active CV disease work-up…Our study supports a more aggressive CV disease risk assessment and management for persons with erectile dysfunction, including young men who may otherwise be categorized as low risk due to their young ages.”

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