ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION (ED) is a very common condition, but scientists have just discovered a new potential cause.
BEDROOM WOES: Around half of men between the ages of 40 and 70 suffer from ED
Erectile dysfunction (ED), also known as impotence, is the inability to get and maintain an erection.
In the UK it is estimated that around half of men between the ages of 40 and 70 suffer from ED at some point in their lives.
Nearly half of women blame themselves when their partner can’t perform between the sheets, according to research by Superdrug’s Online Doctor.
And nearly 80% of ladies under-estimate how common erectile dysfunction (ED) is. However, a new scientific study found a genetic abnormality could be to blame.
The study, published in last week’s PNAS, discovered a certain DNA variation can cause the inability to get and/or maintain an erection.
Researchers from health insurance and medical care company Kaiser Permanente studied the genes of nearly 37,000 Americans who volunteered their medical records for the study.
The participants filled out sexual health surveys and the team looked into whether they had erectile dysfunction symptoms.
Scientists discovered men with a variation on their sixth chromosome, found near the SIM1 gene, were 26% more likely to suffer from ED. The SIM1 gene helps regulate body weight and erections.
“Identifying this SIM1 locus as a risk factor for erectile dysfunction is a big deal because it provides the long sought-after proof that there is a genetic component to the disease,” lead study author, Eric Jorgenson, PhD and research scientist at Kaiser Permanente Northern California’s Division of Research, said in a statement.
“Identifying the first genetic risk factor for erectile dysfunction is an exciting discovery because it opens the door for investigations into new, genetic-based therapies.”
Roughly 50% of men don’t respond to current ED medication, so these finding could be huge news for sufferers.
CAUSE: Men with variations on the sixth chromosome are 26% more likely to suffer from ED
Other common causes of ED include excess body weight, stress and certain medications.
Antidepressant medication and blood pressure medications have been shown to cause ED in some men.
A German study found a link between snoring and ED. The scientist discovered that men who snore excessively are also more like to struggle getting it up.
They believe this is because both the maintenance of an open airway and ensuring sufficient blood flow to the penis rely on the same biological mechanism.
So the more your man snores, the less likely he is to get and maintain an erection.
Cycling is a great form of cardio and can be extremely good for your health as it burns calories and strengthens your heart.
However, prolonged bouts of cycling can be bad news for your penis. This is because when men are cycling they put the bulk of their weight on the perineum, the bit of skin between the anus and the testicles.
Since the perineum acts as a conduit for the nerves and blood vessels supplying the penis, its prolonged compression can evoke erectile dysfunction.
Men who spend three or more hours in the saddle every week are more at-risk.
Quitting smoking, exercising regularly and following a healthy diet can all boost your erection naturally.