Erectile dysfunctionor impotence, is the inability to achieve and sustain an erection suitable for sexual intercourse. The condition is not considered normal at any age. Premature ejaculation, infertility, or low sex drive are not the same as erectile dysfunction, though one or more of these conditions may be associated with it.
Men who take cholesterol-lowering drugs, such as statins, have lower testosterone levels that can cause low libido, erectile dysfunction EDdepression and fatigue, according to a study in the current issue of The Journal of Sexual Medicine. These results are important as The Centers for Disease Control report that one out of every six adults in the United States use cholesterols-lowering drugs September In the journal study, doctors at the University of Florence followed more than 3, men, ages 51 to 65 suffering from ED.
But too much cholesterol can be deadly. The former actually absorbs the waxy substance and flushes it out of system. LDL, the vein-blocking plaque, is what your doctor worries about.
Your sexual drive can stay high late in life, but often your energy for sex can diminish. Low energy not only affects your sex life, but can carry over to other parts of your life, too. You can become apathetic, no longer find pleasure in favorite activities, and become more sedentary.
Why does high cholesterol lead to erectile dysfunction? High cholesterol and erectile dysfunction are seemingly unrelated conditions that actually go hand in hand. How do erections work?
Photo by Matt Cannon. There's a silent epidemic going on that rarely gets discussed, and shame and isolation keep this health problem in the dark. Over the years, I've talked to countless men in my functional medicine clinic and have to drag it out of them, to find out if it's an issue or not.
I have taken statins to lower my cholesterol. Decreased libido was one of the many side effects I experienced. I figured my lack of sexual interest was due to getting older.
High cholesterol can manifest with or without symptoms. And the No. Michael Krychman, the executive director of the Southern California Center for Sexual Health and Survivorship, said high cholesterol causes fatty deposits that clog blood vessels leading to the pelvic area.
Since I started taking Zocor a few years ago for my high cholesterol, my sex drive seems to have dwindled. My wife and I are wondering if there is a connection. Cholesterol has several important functions in the body.