Worldwide an estimated 52% of men aged 40-70 years of age suffer from some degree of erectile dysfunction (ED). ED is also an early warning sign for current or possibly future endothelial dysfunction.
The endothelium is considered in some circles as the largest organ in our body. It is responsible for many functions one of which is the production and release of nitrous oxide (NO).
NO is a very potent vasodilator that is released in small amounts in a constant manner to keep our blood vessels dilated. NO is also has a strong anti-inflammatory, anti-thrombotic and anti-sclerotic effect in our blood vessels.
So it becomes apparent that low levels of NO causes veins and arteries to malfunction. A healthy erection is dependent on a healthy vascular system.
So where is the connection between low testosterone and ED? Testosterone is a precursor to NO and is directly proportional to its level of production. It becomes obvious that the scope of a low level of testosterone has deleterious effects beyond ED.
Low T increases cardiovascular system dysfunction which in turn can lead to an increased incidence of acute myocardial infarctions and strokes.
Decreased testosterone is also linked to increased rate of non-Alzheimer’s and Alzheimer´s dementia.
Therapy with testosterone replacement is safe and appropriate under the right situations.
If you are experiencing symptoms of ED or decreased libido, decreased mental clarity, fatigue, loss of drive or competitiveness it may be due to low testosterone levels.
Replacing T to an optimal level is essential for a man’s psychological, physiologic and physical well-being.