Diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and risk of erectile dysfunction: A brief narrative review of the literature.

Fabio Parazzini, Elena Ricci, Francesca Chiaffarino, Alberto Trinchieri

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Abstract

In this narrative review we have briefly revised the main epidemiological evidences on the relation between erectile dysfunction (ED) and cardiovascular risk factors and diseases. There are consistent epidemiological evidences which link ED and cardiovascular diseases, diabetes or cholesterol levels. Most of studies which have taken into account in the analysis of the relation between ED and hypertension, cardiovascular diseases, smoking and weight (or body mass index) have shown that these factors have an independent role on the risk of ED. Otherwise, ED is a risk factor for subsequent development of cardiovascular diseases. In the routine clinical practice the presence of ED should be considered a "marker" for the development of cardiovascular diseases. The physician should consider to ask each patient regarding the presence of ED in order to focus preventive measures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)24-31
Number of pages8
JournalArchivio Italiano di Urologia e Andrologia
Volume81
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2009

Keywords

  • Cardiovascular diseases.
  • Diabetes
  • Erectile dysfunction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology

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