Diabetes, Erectile Dysfunction, Heart Disease Share Common Link - 8 News NOW

Diabetes, Erectile Dysfunction, Heart Disease Share Common Link

Posted: Updated:

Erectile dysfunction could be a warning sign of heart disease. And diabetes increases the risk of both according to new research.

In this Dealing with Diabetes report, we hear why guys need to be more open about this sensitive problem.

Las Vegas diabetic and community health activist, Carlos Ramirez says men seeking information about type-2 diabetes are open about most aspects of their condition -- but not about erectile dysfunction, despite being commonly talked about in T.V. commercials.

"I go, you guys want to talk about this. No, no. If you bring this up, I'm going to walk away from this. I go -- this needs to be brought up. It's a sad thing, but it's happening -- especially more nowadays. I guess because now people are now starting to be aware," said Ramirez.

Diabetes, erectile dysfunction and heart disease share a common link -- damage to the blood vessels caused by high blood sugar levels. The same process that hinders the extra blood flow needed to maintain an erection can have consequences in the heart.

And Las Vegas cardiologist, Keith Boman says one problem could be an indication of the other. "People who tend to have diabetes develop vascular disease or they develop what we call arteriolosclerosis. And arteriolosclerosis affects the circulation in the heart -- also in the genitals and can cause erectile dysfunction."

Dr. Boman says E.D. can have many underlying causes and may not be a sign of diabetes or heart disease. But still, he suggests that guys be open about it with their doctor -- just in case.

"From the vascular side, how is the vascular supply to the pelvis? Is it normal? If it's not normal, why is it not normal. And frequently, those folks where it's not normal have diabetes," said Dr. Boman.

Since smoking is also a risk factor for arteriolosclerosis, diabetics who smoke are more likely to experience erectile dysfunction and heart disease.

To see the most recent studies on this topic, click here.

  • Paula's Health NotesLas Vegas Health NewsMore>>

  • Breath test can test for illnesses

    Breath test can test for illnesses

    Monday, July 21 2014 3:00 PM EDT2014-07-21 19:00:17 GMT
    With most diseases, an early diagnosis means a better prognosis, but sometimes it's difficult, painful and expensive to test for illnesses. Now there's a new way to spot a variety of conditions and all it takes is a simple breath.More>>
    With most diseases, an early diagnosis means a better prognosis, but sometimes it's difficult, painful and expensive to test for illnesses. Now there's a new way to spot a variety of conditions and all it takes is a simple breath.More>>
  • Gastric bypass for diabetes type II patients

    Gastric bypass for diabetes type II patients

    Friday, July 18 2014 3:00 PM EDT2014-07-18 19:00:15 GMT
    Nearly 90 percent of people with type-two diabetes are obese and as more Americans gain weight, more will likely face a diabetes diagnosis. In fact, the American Diabetes Association predicts that one in three adults will have diabetes by the year 2050.
    More>>
    Nearly 90 percent of people with type-two diabetes are obese and as more Americans gain weight, more will likely face a diabetes diagnosis. In fact, the American Diabetes Association predicts that one in three adults will have diabetes by the year 2050.

    More>>
  • New 3D technology for knee replacements

    New 3D technology for knee replacements

    Monday, July 14 2014 4:41 PM EDT2014-07-14 20:41:39 GMT
    In the past 10 years, the number of total knee replacements in the U.S. has doubled and many of those patients are much younger than ever before.More>>
    In the past 10 years, the number of total knee replacements in the U.S. has doubled and many of those patients are much younger than ever before.More>>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KLAS. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.