The Heart or the Head: Problems in the Bedroom May Be More Concerning Than You Think

Men’s Health is usually thought of as sexual problems and sexual problems are usually thought of as psychological in nature. I look at sexual problems as a possible indicator of underlying health issues, and an opportunity to improve our health. Erectile dysfunction, while easy to fix, may indicate systemic vascular disease and can precede a fatal cardiac event by three years. Poor sex drive and low energy levels, while usually considered a “nuisance problem” could indicate a low testosterone level, which in turn has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, prostate cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and osteoporosis. Premature ejaculation, which is usually considered psychological, is often times caused by a low testosterone level. The take home message is that an episode of sexual dysfunction, while not as dramatic as chest pain, may be the beginning of reversible major health issues. If you (or your man) have experienced any of these issues, even once, get checked out to make sure there is nothing more sinister behind it.

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