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Vitamin D Deficiency and Erectile Dysfunction


Impotence is emerging as a major cause of divorce in India, says a recent study, adding that around 20-30 percent marriages in India are breaking up for want of satisfaction in sexual life.

The study, conducted by Alpha One Andrology Group, an association of doctors dealing in sex-related problems in men, took into account nearly 2,500 Indian men suffering from erectile dysfunction or impotence. The study found that erectile dysfunction affects 50 percent of men over the age of 40 and 10 percent of men below 40.

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the term used to signify the inability to attain or maintain erection of the penis sufficient to permit satisfactory sexual intercourse. New data from the University of Milan indicates that low levels of vitamin D can be a significant factor in leading to ED.

ED may be due to organic or psychogenic factors. In the overwhelming majority of cases the cause is organic, i.e., it is due to some physiological dysfunction. In fact, in men over the age of 50, organic causes are responsible for erectile dysfunction in over 90% of cases.

Atherosclerosis refers to a process of hardening the artery walls due to a buildup of plaque containing cholesterol, fatty material, and cellular debris. In addition to vitamin D’s well-known role in bone and calcium metabolism, vitamin D deficiency has been linked to a long-list of health conditions including atherosclerosis.

Given the link between vitamin D and atherosclerosis, Italian researchers conducted a study in 143 men with ED. The men were evaluated for penile atherosclerosis by ultrasound along with blood levels for vitamin D3.

The results showed that most men with ED have low vitamin D levels and those with more severe ED had significantly lower vitamin D levels than those with mild ED. Vitamin D deficiency was also worse in those with ED due to penile atherosclerosis than in those men with ED due to other factors.

These results indicate that low levels of vitamin D3 are linked to ED and indicate that vitamin D3 levels should be measured in men with ED. Establishing optimal blood levels of D3 may lead to better endothelial function and reduce/prevent ED.

Check out this article to see what other diseases are connected to Vitamin D deficiency and what food products you need to include in your diet that have higher percentages of vitamin D.