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Researcher found link between ED and Parkinson’s disease

Erectile dysfunction (impotence) can lead to Parkinson’s disease, a study by researchers from Boston suggested.

According to the report, which was published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, the body's autonomic nervous system often is affected in cases of both erectile dysfunction and Parkinson’s.

Of the more than 32,000 men studied over a 16-year period, 200 were diagnosed with Parkinson’s. The study, according to Xiang Gao, PhD, MD, of Harvard University’s School of Public Health, shows the autonomic nervous system in the men diagnosed with Parkinson’s "may have been impaired years before Parkinson’s disease is clinically recognizable."

ED is a growing problem among men. Most men experience ED at some points in their lives usually by the age of 40, but are not necessarily psychologically affected by it. Some men, however, experience chronic and complete ED.

Over 150 million men worldwide are unable to achieve and maintain an erection adequate for satisfactory sexual intercourse; visiongain expects this figure to double by 2020. Despite its commonplace occurrence, ED is a notoriously under-reported, under-recognised, and an under-treated chronic illness.

It is estimated that 85% to 90% of all ED goes undiagnosed.