Researchers Identify Erectile Dysfunction Gene

That limp noodle may be genetic … these tips might help

| Washington, AFP – Researchers have identified a genetic variant that is partially responsible for erectile dysfunction, a development that could help improve treatment.

Men who have this variant have a 26 percent increased risk of ED, said the findings in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Those with two copies of the variant face a 59 percent higher risk.

The results were based on a database of 36,649 patients of Kaiser Permanente Northern California.

The average population risk is of one in five men, but the ratio increases sharply with age.

Obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease are also linked to ED.

“We know that there are other factors for ED … and men who address those factors can reduce their risk of ED,” according to geneticist Eric Jorgenson, the study’s lead author.

He noted that about 50 percent of men do not respond to erectile dysfunction treatments currently available. Read more at AFP. 

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