Erectile Dysfunction (ED), an Early Predictor of Prediabetes
It has been suggested that the first encounter African Americans have with a primary care physician is for early childhood immunizations, childhood diseases, or a sports physical. A subsequent relationship with a physician is usually absent unless there is an injury or concern about a chronic medical problem. Young men may have encounters with physicians because of a noted decrease in sexual health which can be a complex series of neurological, psychological, and circulatory interactions.
New research in diabetes and ED issues suggest that ED is an early symptom of prediabetes. The subject about sexual health was discussed at the urology session at the National Medical Association Convention.
Other factors related to ED are age, poorly controlled diabetes of long duration, obesity, smoking, frequent use of alcohol, sedentary lifestyle, and uncontrolled hypertension.
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Thaddeus J. Bell, MD
I am Dr. Thaddeus John Bell, closing the gap in health disparities for African Americans and the underserved.
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