ED isn’t a condition unto itself. Something causes it. Usually, it’s a serious condition. The topmost cause among sufferers is heart disease, followed by type 2 diabetes. But a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Neurology, finds that it is also an early warning sign of Parkinson’s as well. This is a neurodegenerative disorder known for causing tremors, balance and coordination issues, and motor problems. It gets progressively worse over time. No one knows what causes it. In this study, 3,000 men who recently received an ED diagnosis and 12,000 other, healthy controls, took part. Among those with ED, 52% were found to have Parkinson’s at the seven year follow-up. Once researchers screened for a certain condition, the relationship got even stronger. While type 2 diabetes is a big risk factor for ED, those who have it are three times more likely to develop Parkinson’s.
Of course, lots of other things can cause ED such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, drug or alcohol abuse, certain medications, and so much more. In a minority of cases, an emotional or mood disorder is at fault. These include depression, anxiety, overstress, and relationship issues. Of course, every man has a misfire once in a while, but if it’s consistent over a prolonged period or happens at least once every four times, ED is suspected. So what’s the bottom line? Anyone who has ED or thinks that they do, should take it seriously. Men often want to hide it, as it’s usually a blow to their ego. But this can be the worst thing they can do for their health. Instead, it’s important to address the issue head-on, because the sooner a serious underlying condition is addressed, the better off a patient is. If you suspect that you might have ED, see a doctor or urologist right away.