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What is Vitamin D?
Vitamin D is essential for the growth and development of strong bones in your body and helps cells all over your body communicate. It is commonly referred to as the “sunshine vitamin” because it is mainly produced in your skin when it is exposed to sunlight. Vitamin D also offers several vital functions, including aiding in the absorption of calcium, helping normal immune system function, and decreasing your chances of heart disease and the flu. If your body does not get a sufficient amount of vitamin D, it could leave you at risk for developing bone abnormalities, such as osteoporosis, and now at a higher risk of erectile dysfunction.
Vitamin D Deficiency Associated with Erectile Dysfunction
According to a new study, vitamin D deficiency may be associated with erectile dysfunction. The study led by Dr. Erin Michos, of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, and her fellow colleagues concluded that men with low levels of vitamin D were 32% more likely to have erectile dysfunction than those individuals with adequate vitamin D levels.Dr. Michos’ team analyzed data from 3,390 male participants, aged 20 years or older, that did not have heart disease. The researchers found that the prevalence of erectile dysfunction is 30% higher among men who have a vitamin D deficiency, vitamin D levels below 20 nanograms per milliliter (ng/mL) of blood, compared to those with levels of 30 ng/mL or higher. The study also found that vitamin D deficiency was present in 35% of male participants with erectile dysfunction, compared to 29% of those participants without erectile dysfunction.
The association between vitamin D deficiency and erectile dysfunction stuck even after Dr. Michos and her team took into account the other factors commonly associated with erectile dysfunction, such as diabetes mellitus, high blood pressure, smoking, alcohol consumption, inflammation and certain medications. However, the researchers stressed that their findings are currently just observational and that more research needs to be conducted to determinewhether treating vitamin D deficiency can improve erectile dysfunction. With further research, Dr. Michos’ team believes that testing for low vitamin D levels could be a useful tool to estimate the risk for erectile dysfunction, and that through these tests, men with low vitamin D levels can be treated with vitamin D supplements and/or sunlight exposure. In time, further research can tell if there is a direct link between the two factors.
Treatment for Erectile Dysfunction in New Jersey
Erectile dysfunction that hinders your ability to partake in sexual intercourse on a daily basis should be addressed with your doctor. At Ron S. Israeli MD, PC, we offer various treatment options to help improve your erectile dysfunction. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our professionals to discuss the next steps you should take.