Diabetes and erectile dysfunction may be genetically linked
DEC 31, 2018- Medical News Today –
New research, published in the American Journal of Human Genetics, suggests that a genetic susceptibility to type 2 diabetes may be a cause of erectile dysfunction.
Erectile dysfunction (ED) affects approximately 30 million adults in the United States.
There are several risk factors, including older age, being overweight, and being a smoker.
Having certain other conditions, such as diabetes, some types of cardiovascular disease, and chronic liver disease, can also predispose someone to ED.
For instance, the risk of developing ED is two to three times higher in people with type 2 diabetes than in those without the condition, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
So far, the evidence supporting the link between type 2 diabetes and ED has only been observational, meaning that researchers could not establish causality.
However, a new study strengthens the link between the two conditions and confirms that a genetic predisposition to type 2 diabetes can lead to ED. The findings also add to the mounting evidence that certain genetic locations are associated with ED.
Anna Murray, an associate professor at the University of Exeter Medical School, and Professor Michael Holmes, of the Nuffield Department of Population…