By Alane Palmer, ND, CNC, and Annah Gillette
Men with even mild sign of erectile dysfunction and inflammation may face a risk of developing cardiovascular conditions in the future. Not all men with ED will get heart disease. But men with erectile dysfunction should “take action by seeing a health professional and asking for a heart check,” said study lead author Dr. Emily Banks. “Men with erectile dysfunction need to be assessed for their future risk of cardiovascular disease, and any identified risk must be managed appropriately.
Doctors already believe that erectile dysfunction is an early warning sign of heart problems, but it’s not clear why. It’s possible, Banks said, that the arteries of the penis are smaller than those of other parts of the body and may be more likely to reveal problems when their lining deteriorates.
“Heart problems are widespread, so even a relatively moderate increase in risk translates into quite a number of affected individuals,” Banks said. “Among men with no history of cardiovascular disease, an estimated six per 1,000 men per year who did not have erectile dysfunction went on to be admitted to the hospital for coronary heart disease. This compares with eight per 1,000 men per year with moderate erectile dysfunction and nine per 1,000 men per year among those with severe erectile dysfunction.”
Also, she said, “among men with a history of cardiovascular disease, an estimated 20 per 1,000 men per year of those without erectile dysfunction went on to be admitted to the hospital for coronary artery disease. This compares with 28 per 1,000 men per year with moderate erectile dysfunction and 34 per 1,000 men per year with severe erectile dysfunction.”
What does inflammation have to do with erectile dysfunction? Possibly everything according to some experts. Probably the most foundational aspect of an erection is endothelial health and, it turns out, endothelial health has everything to do with inflammation (or the lack thereof). In fact, one study found that ALL of the following inflammatory markers were associated with erectile dysfunction: 
hs-CRP (C-Reactive Protein)
So how does chronic inflammation affect the endothelium in such a negative manner? First of all, it lowers nitric oxide availability. This has been observed in several populations, one of the most notable being apnea sufferers, who have elevated inflammation for chronic sleep interruptions. One of the ways inflammation controls nitric oxide is by affecting eNOS, the stuff of Viagra. Yes, inflammation is the ultimate anti-Viagra in this sense.
Affecting NOS negatively is potentially dangerous in the long term as well, because nitric oxide decreases the damage done to arterial walls. So as chronic inflammation turns off your nitric oxide, additional damage occurs to the endothelium, which in turn leads to decreased nitric oxide and so on.
The bottom line: to avoid erectile dysfunction, you have to get this Enemy #1 in control. Remember, this will also decrease your cancer and cardiovascular risks as well.
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