Weak erections from masturbation may be cardiovascular risk factor

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More and more young adults are paying attention to early cardiovascular disease risk factors such as high blood pressure and elevated glucose levels. Heart attacks and cardiac deaths are so common that they almost seem natural and inevitable. When a 70- or 80-year-old succumbs, it gets little attention — but eyes widen when a 30- or 40-year-old is stricken. In fact, cardiac-related deaths are far from rare in younger men.

In a new study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, researchers found that weaker masturbatory erection may be a sign of early cardiovascular disease risk. Researchers compared men who experienced weaker masturbatory erections without any sexual intercourse between the ages of 18 to 40 years.

Compared with individuals without Erectile Dysfunction, young men presenting weaker masturbatory erection with no sexual intercourse had higher prevalence of early Erectile Dysfunction risk factors including endothelial dysfunction, insulin resistance, high level of glycosylated serum protein and abnormal Nocturnal penile tumescence and rigidity.

These findings show that young men should take impaired masturbation-induced erections more seriously and not simply overlooking them, assuming that they’re psychological in origin. Paying a visit to your General Practitioner is advised if you’re experiencing weaker erections from masturbation on a regular basis.

JOURNAL SOURCE: Huang Y-P, Chen B, Yao F-J, Chen S-F, Ouyang B, Deng C-H, and Huang Y-R. Weaker masturbatory erection may be a sign of early cardiovascular risk associated with erectile dysfunction in young men without sexual intercourse. J Sex Med 2014;11:1519–1526.

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