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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Sleep Apnea Can Be A Risk Factor For Erectile Dysfunction?

A review of studies published in the September issue of the journal “Sleep and Breathing” suggests an association between erectile dysfunction, commonly known as impotence, and obstructive sleep apnea - characterized by the interruption syndrome of breathing for more than 10 seconds during sleep.

According to experts at Tufts University in the United States, “Erectile dysfunction is a well-known entity with certain risk factors, which usually has a negative impact on quality of life.” And for them, obstructive sleep-disordered breathing would be among the possible risk factors for erectile dysfunction.

Assessing the scientific literature on the subject, the researchers found that there is evidence that these respiratory disorders induce a series of abnormalities in the neural regulation, hormonal and vascular that may contribute to the development of sexual problems.

The authors point out that, although more studies are needed for confirmation, several cases and the opinions of experts have contributed to show a fundamental relationship between apnea and erectile dysfunction.

With the analyses, the researchers concluded that the treatment of respiratory problem may help treat erectile dysfunction. Thus, it is recommended that patients with this sexual problem were evaluated for sleep quality.

This was the biggest study to date to exhibit a relationship between obstructive rest apnea and erectile disorder. Specialists at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York assessed 870 continuously enlisted men through a heart screening project. Patients were screened for obstructive sleep apnea and erectile dysfunction through clinical polls and were asked some information about their history of cardiovascular sickness, pulse, diabetes and smoking. The average age of the men involved in the study was 47 years, with an average BMI of 30.

63 percent of patients in the study were noted positive for obstructive sleep apnea, 5.6 percent had a past filled with diabetes, and 29 percent had a smoking history. This concluded that the probability for having OSA increase with the increase in the severity of erectile disorder.

While there gives off an impression of being an immediate connection in the sleep apnea or obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and the advancement of ED, the regular covering components and shared danger elements make it to some degree hard to build up an unmistakable fundamental relationship. Both conditions are connected with aging, hypertension, and diabetes, which may jumble the genuine relationship between sleep apnea and erectile dysfunction. Accordingly, some civil argument exists about whether OSA is an essential cause of ED or whether the two simply exist together because of comparable shared co-morbid fundamental elements.