According to a report by the University of Oxford and the University of Exeter, in around 220,000 men, 6,000 men experienced erectile dysfunction, across 3 cohorts. It was found as per the research that there is a genetic cause behind erectile dysfunction. However, it also presented a possibility of reducing the risk by considering healthy lifestyle choices.
Moreover, a study was carried out which was published by The American Journal of Human Genetics. The data belonged to the following:
- UK Biobank.
- The Estonian Genome Center of the University of Tartu cohort.
- Hospital-recruited Partners HealthCare Biobank.
The In-depth Analysis:
With the use of the cutting-edge genetic analysis, the team explored deeply than it did ever before. They delved into the complicated correlations among diabetes as well as body weight aspects. The team was able to detect that the predisposition to type 2 diabetes, genetically, was linked to the erectile dysfunction.
Hence, they provided the evidence of a link between the cause of erectile dysfunction and genes. However, there are a few clinical trials that reported that erectile dysfunction is the result of the improved glucose control. Hence, the conclusions that have been put out are limited to the fact that the treatment of diabetes can impact the risk of erectile dysfunction.
What the Authors of the Study Said?
Dr. Anna Murray quoted,
“Erectile dysfunction affects at least one in five men over 60, yet up until now little has been known about its cause. Our paper echoes recent findings that the cause can be genetic, and it goes further. We found that a genetic predisposition to type 2 diabetes is linked to erectile dysfunction. That may mean that if people can reduce their risk of diabetes through healthier lifestyles, they may also avoid developing erectile dysfunction.”
Dr. Anna Murray, from the University of Exeter Medical School, is also the above study’s co-lead author.
Moreover, Professor Michael Holmes said,
“Our finding is important as diabetes is preventable and indeed one can now achieve ‘remission’ from diabetes with weight loss, as illustrated in recent clinical trials. This goes beyond finding a genetic link to erectile dysfunction to a message that is of widespread relevance to the general public, especially considering the burgeoning prevalence of diabetes.”
Professor Michael Holmes, from the Nuffield Department of Population Health of the University of Oxford, is also another lead author of the study.
Dr. Jonas Bovijn, the study’s co-first author said,
“We know that there is observational evidence linking erectile dysfunction and type 2 diabetes, but until now there has not been definitive evidence to show that predisposition to type 2 diabetes causes erectile dysfunction.”
Dr. Jonas Bovijn is from the Big Data Institute at the University of Oxford.
Also, according to a previous study, mentioned in the paper, there has been a region of the genome. And it is said that this is specific region is presenting a path for newer treatment.