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Erectile Dysfunction & High Cholesterol
The problems of having high cholesterol are well known while the medical profession know that high cholesterol and Erectile Dysfunction (ED) are health conditions that commonly co-exist.
Men suffering with high cholesterol find that it can interfere with a satisfactory sexual performance and decrease libido, while a doctor will tell you that ED is often the earliest recorded symptom of high cholesterol in men.
Maintaining good blood flow through your body is essential, and especially important in getting and maintaining an erection.
What is Cholesterol & How Is It Connected to ED?
Cholesterol is a waxy substance carried in the bloodstream. It is essential for a number of bodily functions, including the production of bile needed to help breakdown fats in the digestive tract and sex hormones like testosterone.
,While cholesterol is essential, too much of it can cause health issues. There are two main types of cholesterol: High-Density Lipoprotein (HDL) – good cholesterol and Low-Density Lipoprotein (LDL) bad cholesterol. It’s this bad cholesterol that causes problems, it can stick to the inside of arteries, leading to a build-up of atheroma, a fatty substance that causes stenosis (narrowing) of the arteries and thus making it difficult for blood to flow freely and allowing you to enjoy natural erections.
High cholesterol also impinges on the body’s ability to properly release nitric oxide into the bloodstream. Nitric oxide is required to enable the proper relaxation of the penile tissue that leads to the blood flow that helps create an erection.
Testosterone is required to control sex drive and desire, and is needed for the initiation and maintenance of an erection; high cholesterol limits blood flow to the testicles and may damage the ability to produce testosterone, which can lead to ED.
Unfortunately, some medications prescribed for reducing cholesterol can also lead to symptoms of ED.
60% of people with High Blood Pressure also suffer from high cholesterol. We have another page about Erectile Dysfunction & High Blood Pressure which you can read by following the link.
If you are suffering from ED, you may find that the pills you are taking for high cholesterol are a contributory factor. Rather than stop taking the pills, you should consider consulting us here at MansMatters about treatment we can provide that will allow you to continue taking them while enabling you to enjoy satisfactory, natural erections once again.
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