Metabolic Syndrome and Erectile Dysfunction

Metabolic Syndrome and Erectile Dysfunction


We already learned that there are many medical conditions that can cause or are related to erectile dysfunction. As an erection requires a healthy flow of blood into the vessels of the penis, a difficult erection, a weak erection, a very short erection or a lack of an erection means that there is a problem with the flow of blood into these vessels of the penis. The reasons may be various, but the obvious issue is the blood flow in the vessels of the penis. This means that there is a blood flow problem throughout all the blood vessels in the body. This is usually associated with: hypertension, high cholesterol, atherosclerosis, etc.  These vascular problems are part of a cluster of conditions that make the criteria for one of the major health epidemics of the modern times – metabolic syndrome.

What is Metabolic Syndrome and why is it important to know about it?

One – Because it is strongly associated with Erectile Dysfunction.

Two – It is a growing major national and international health concern.

Definition: Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions that occur together, increasing your risk of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes. These conditions include increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist, and abnormal cholesterol or triglyceride levels.

Metabolic syndrome is significantly associated with ED. Furthermore, there is a significant association between the increased severity of ED and metabolic syndrome. Abnormal waist circumference is an independent and new metabolic risk factor for EDMetabolic syndrome, smoking and obesity seem to be potential risk factors for ED.

It was postulated an association between erectile dysfunction and the metabolic syndrome that four of the five components of the metabolic syndrome are risk factors for erectile dysfunction and are also characterized by abnormal endothelial function.


Statistics on metabolic syndrome and erectile dysfunction

By using the definition of metabolic syndrome from the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the National Cholesterol Education Program, the prevalence of metabolic syndrome is estimated at more than 30% in the United States. Efforts are made to better understand the public health burden of metabolic syndrome in order to identify prevention strategies. Even though more recent statistics show lower rates in prevalence, probably due to the complexity in diagnosing criteria and reporting, the numbers are still of great concern for health officials. Staying informed is crucial for anyone who wants to have control over his/her health.

Several studies show direct and strong correlations between metabolic syndrome and sexual dysfunction, but numbers differ from study to study based on the factors taken into consideration in each study. Nonetheless, the prevalence of sexual dysfunction has been reported among clinically diagnosed diabetic men (with metabolic syndrome) to be 69.3% and a 67.9% erectile dysfunction rate.

If these numbers tell you anything, maybe now is the time to be aware of the signs and symptoms of metabolic syndrome so you can take better control of your ED.

According to the American Heart Association, a doctor will often consider metabolic syndrome if a person has at least three of the following five symptoms:

  • Central, visceral, abdominal obesity, specifically, a waist size of more than 40 inches in men and more than 35 inches in women
  • Fasting blood glucose levels of 100 mg/dL or above
  • Blood pressureof 130/85 mm/Hg or above
  • Blood triglycerides levels of 150 mg/dL or higher
  • High-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterollevels of 40 mg/dL or less for men and 50 mg/dL or less for women

Having three or more of these factors signifies a higher risk of cardiovascular diseases, such as heart attack or stroke, and type 2 diabetes.


A thorough assessment of your health, a great treatment plan that includes lifestyle changes and treatment to control the metabolic syndrome will lead to a better control of your ED. Viagra/Sildenafil, Cialis/Tadalafil or Levitra/Vardenafil will work much better when you need it.

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