Is There a Link Between Impotence and Osteoporosis?

Allegra Falconer

Erectile dysfunction, also known as Impotence, is a common problem that occurs once in a lifetime at least within every second man. It is a very common medical issue that usually leads to depression and anxiety among the men. But as it turns out, it leads to something known as Osteoporosis as well. Perhaps you are used to hearing about women suffering from Osteoporosis and that is not unusual.

Osteoporosis is more commonly diagnosed among women, especially in their menopause period due to the hormonal changes that they experience. But there is a fair share of men suffering from this disease as well, and as it turns out, Erectile dysfunction is the one medical issue that is linked to this condition, increasing the risk for the development of Osteoporosis. And this is the chosen topic that we want to discuss today.

But first, let’s share some of the key details about Erectile dysfunction and Osteoporosis.

What should you know about Erectile dysfunction?

  • Erectile dysfunction also referred as Impotence[1] in the past, is a medical condition described as an inability to achieve and maintain an erection during the sexual intercourse.
  • Erectile dysfunction and Premature ejaculation are two of the most common[2] medical issues among men.
  • Once diagnosed, Erectile dysfunction increases the risk of depression and anxiety.
  • There is a variety of causes for Erectile dysfunction such as stress, obesity, metabolic disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and etc. Most of these factors lead to Premature ejaculation as well.

Erectile dysfunction

Understanding Osteoporosis

  • Osteoporosis is a medical condition[3] that causes the bones to become weaker and fragile increasing the risk of fractures.
  • Symptoms include back pain, decreased height over time and cone fractures that occur once light pressure is applied.
  • There is no exact cause that leads to the loss of bone mass during Osteoporosis. The risk factors include genetics, hormonal changes, low intake of calcium, eating disorders, smoking, sedentary lifestyle and etc. A lot of medical conditions can contribute to the development of Osteoporosis as well.
  • Osteoporosis is treated with the use of bisphosphonates and hormone therapy in order to reduce the risk of fractures and provide a more normal lifestyle without any symptoms.

What is the Link Between Erectile dysfunction and Osteoporosis?

As is turns out, one of the most common sexual disorders among men – Erectile dysfunction, can be the reason[4] for the silent development of one of the most dangerous chronic diseases – Osteoporosis. It is a study published in 2016 by a Taiweinain research team that confirmed this link. They have published their results[5] in the Journal of Medicine. As the research team suggests, the men diagnosed with Erectile dysfunction are at greater risk to develop Osteoporosis as well.

For the purposes of this study, the research team has gathered up information about approximately 4,460 patients diagnosed with Erectile dysfunction between the years 1996 and 2010.

The patients were then matched to 17,480 patients without Erectile dysfunction who were chosen randomly. Over 5 years of follow-ups, it was noticed that 264 patients with Erectile dysfunction and 651 patients without Erectile dysfunction developed Osteoporosis. This means that patients with Erectile dysfunction developed Osteoporosis 3 times more than the ones without Erectile dysfunction.

The results also showed that the risk was the highest for men aged 40 to 59 years old. But what actually increases the risk for Osteoporosis among the men with Erectile dysfunction?

Osteoporosis among the Men

Let start with free testosterone which we know that is lower among men with Erectile dysfunction.

Androgens actually play a big role in the regulation of bone formation within men. Men usually use male enhancement supplements to treat these hormonal changes. Erectile dysfunction also leads to inflammation which contributes to the endothelial dysfunction which evidently leads to Osteoporosis as well. Vitamin D deficiency[6] is one of the leading causes of Erectile dysfunction as well, and while it is at it, it can contribute to the development of Osteoporosis as well.

And last but not least, nitric oxide bioactivity can also be the reason that increases the risk and leads to Osteoporosis in men with Erectile dysfunction.
What we can conclude is that there really is an increased risk for Osteoporosis among men with Erectile dysfunction.

Also, we can say that for sure the links between these two serious medical issues are multifactorial. If you are suffering from Erectile dysfunction and feel interested enough to prevent Osteoporosis from developing, then visit the following tips that we have to share with you.

What can you do to Prevent Osteoporosis?

  • Stop smoking, we already listed smoking as a risk factor for developing Osteoporosis.
  • Increase your daily physical activity.
  • Maintain a healthy weight by following a proper exercise plan and a healthy diet with all the needed vitamins, minerals, proteins, healthy fats and carbohydrates.
  • Use Vitamin D supplements to satisfy your body’s needs for Vitamin D since this is the only vitamin that your body is not able to produce.
  • Consume at least 1000 milligrams of calcium daily, we listed low calcium intake as a reason for Osteoporosis as well.
  • Consult your doctor if any of the medications that you might be using is increasing the risk for Osteoporosis.

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Conclusion

Erectile dysfunction is probably the most common sexual disorder among men. And although it is a disorder that is treatable with male enhancement supplements, it can lead to much more serious health problems such as depression, anxiety and as it turns out Osteoporosis.

Thanks to a Taiweinain research team, we now have the multifactorial links between Erectile dysfunction and Osteoporosis and with that the possibility to prevent Osteoporosis from occurring. It is hard enough dealing with Erectile dysfunction at the time, why should you deal with Osteoporosis as well?

Make sure that you consult your doctor about your possibility to develop Osteoporosis once you have been diagnosed with Erectile dysfunction and do what you can to prevent it.

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