Erectile Dysfunction is Often Atherosclerosis

By Bill Kray

Rethink your impressions of ED.

A flaccid penis is often the butt of jokes but research gets to the heart of the matter. Forget the pumps and pills. Erectile dysfunction can be, not just a symptom, but a manifestation of coronary artery disease. And that's  no laughing matter.

Because the penile arteries are about half the size of the coronary arteries in the heart, erectile dysfunction is a powerful predictor of cardiac events such as sudden death. The following video should motivate sedentary men to drop their fast food burgers and Chicharones, package their manhood in a jock strap and jog around the block.

Survival of the Firmest: Erectile Dysfunction and Death - Michael Gregor, MD

How to Prevent Cardiac Disease

Major cardiac events are often the result of clogged or hardened arteries. Imagine trying to drink a beverage through a straw blocked with wax. Restricted arteries prevent the flow of oxygen-carrying blood. By the time it is manifested in the larger arteries of the heart, there have often been manifestations in smaller arteries like the penis.

Where does the "wax" build up come from? Our food. Chill the juice of meat and notice what forms on the top. Open a bag of microwave popcorn and see what holds the kernels together before warming. There is a reason trans fats have been banned, though it will take at least a couple of years to make its way completely out of the food chain. So what are two of the top ways to prevent or reverse cardiac disease?

  • Severely reduce meat consumption or adopt a plant based diet.
  • Have a regular exercise program.

This gets to the root of the problem. Eat more fiber and less saturated fats and cholesterol. There are other causes of temporary ED like stress and anxiety. But with 40 percent of men over 40 in the U.S. manifesting ED, all of them can't be depressed. Little blue pills and pumps just mask a serious symptom that requires preemptive action. Don't let ED equal early death. February is Heart Health Month.

Blocking the First Step of Heart Disease - Michael Gregor, M.D.

Vegans and vegetarians should be mindful to consume protein, calcium, vitamin D, B12, iron, zinc, and omega-3 fatty acids. Lack of zinc has been identified as a possible reason for flaccidity in men.

Bill Kray

Los Angeles, United States

Vegetarian health advocate, graphic designer, illustrator, programmer and prolific blog writer.

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