Valentine’s Day is almost here. It’s a time when—to roughly paraphrase Lord Tennyson—a man’s thoughts lightly turn to thoughts of love.
But for many men, the physical expression of love might be limited by erectile dysfunction, or ED, a condition that inhibits the ability to form an erection.
ED becomes progressively more common as men age.
Sixty-one percent of men between the ages of 40 and 69 report symptoms of erectile dysfunction. In men over 70, the number increases to 77 percent. (American Journal of Men’s Health, July 2012)
For one out of 10 men, the causes are psychological, but for 85 percent, the condition is often linked with heart disease, diabetes and other risk factors. In fact, ED might be an early warning sign of vascular disease, which increases the risk of heart attack and stroke, and undiagnosed diabetes.
So, guys, when you’re contemplating affairs of the heart, you might do well to consider the health of your own heart—and your health as a whole.
If you have ED, or you think you might have, be your own Valentine. Get it checked out with your primary care physician. And if you’re referred to a urologist, know that you can find caring expert help from urologists like Jay Simhan, MD, at Einstein Healthcare Network.
Learn more about ED and its links to heart and vascular disease, diabetes and other conditions. Check out this infographic.