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Viva Viagra

Posted Nov 17 2008 9:10pm

It seems you can't make it through a sporting event on tv without being bombarded with ads for erectile dysfunction (ED) medicine.  The commercials seem to be happy and upbeat, and make it look like everything can be solved with a simple pill.

Here's the real deal: if you look at the research, you'll see that ED is usually a red flag for other health problems to come - most likely coronary artery disease.  When a person has coronary artery disease, their arteries are clogging with plaque.  This happens throughout the body, but the smaller arteries in the penis will tend to clog first.

Here's one new study that shows ED can predict coronary artery disease, and there are many other studies from the past few years that say the same thing.  I wonder why this isn't common knowledge.  Perhaps because if people knew ED was connected to heart disease, they may try something more comprehensive than just taking ED medicine (and this would cut into the drug companies' profit).  So while popping a pill can restore sexual function for older men, it will do nothing to halt the progression of their heart disease and further physical deterioration.

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