Is ED the best heart disease predictor?

Usually, a little runny nose or a sneeze or two may predict a cold coming on.  How about when the dark clouds start rolling in, well you know there’s a good chance that a storm is coming.  Both pretty good predictors and we don’t need to bother Nostradamus with silly questions, right?

I can write about heart disease, diabetes and longevity all day and every day and some guys will read it and some, not so much and that’s understandable, it’s not too exciting.  But, if you want to get a guys attention, maybe write about popular sports teams or players, making more money, woman… How about Erectile dysfunction (ED) and it’s relation to vascular disease?  Got your attention yet? Probably for some…

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The Connection with ED and Vascular Disease

According to the Cleveland Clinic,  There is a very strong link between erectile dysfunction and heart disease. Several studies have shown that if a man has ED, he has a greater risk of having heart disease. Having ED is as much a risk factor for heart disease as a history of smoking or a family history of coronary artery disease.

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Vascular disease: Vascular diseases are those that affect the blood vessels. These diseases include atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), hypertension (high blood pressure), and high cholesterol. These diseases, which account for 70% of physical-related causes of ED, restrict blood flow to the heart, the brain, and–in the case of ED, well you know…

Atherosclerosis alone accounts for 50%-60% of ED cases in men over age 60.

Cholesterol and it’s relation to ED

Cholesterol is a type of fat that circulates in your blood. Your body makes some cholesterol on its own, regardless of what you eat.

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Dietary cholesterol is a fat-like substance. Cholesterol is found in animal foods. Animal foods include meats, poultry, fish, eggs, and milk products.

Cholesterol is a part of your body cells and we need it, just not from our diet.

Your body produces more than enough cholesterol on its own to stay healthy. Most Americans eat far too much cholesterol and fat, which can raise blood cholesterol levels. High levels of cholesterol can lead to heart disease.

These deposits can join with other substances to form plaque, a thick, hard deposit in the blood vessel that leads to atherosclerosis. Plaque can narrow the passageway inside the artery and pinch off the flow of blood to the heart muscle, and to the penis.

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Heart disease remains the number one cause of death in men and the drop in tragic events has stalled. Up to 2,000 people a day die in the USA of cardiovascular disease and estimates are that up to 80% are preventable.

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