Three million cases of erectile dysfunction (ED) are diagnosed in men every year in the U.S. Ed is the inability to maintain an erection. The percent of ED is higher among black men than it is for white men, according to The National Institutes of Health. With ED, there is also the risk for a more chronic disease: osteoporosis.
What is osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis causes bones to become weak and brittle to the point where bones fracture easily. Men with erectile dysfunction are three times more likely to develop osteoporosis than men without ED. As men grow older, the risk for osteoporosis increases.
What is the relationship between erectile dysfunction and osteoporosis? The National Institutes of Health reports that men with erectile dysfunction have lower amounts of testosterone and low bone mineral density which puts them at higher risk for osteoporosis.
ED usually occurs among men 60 and older, but it has also been diagnosed among men as young as 19.
What can men do to help prevent ED and the risk of developing osteoporosis?
- Smoking increases the risk of ED, so stop smoking.
- Control alcohol usage.
- Lack of exercise increases risk of ED, so exercise regularly.
- Take at least 1,000 milligrams of calcium daily.
- Take 600 IU of vitamin D daily.
It is advised to talk to your doctor about medications you are currently taking and ask if a bone density test would be advised. ED can be rectified, but with bone loss, complete reversal of osteoporosis is unlikely.