How Erectile Dysfunction Can Cause Alzheimer’s

Not too surprisingly, focusing on lifestyle habits that control heart disease or taking medications to lower high blood pressure or cholesterol levels can also help symptoms of erectile dysfunction (ED). 

Dr. Stephen Kopecky, professor of medicine and cardiovascular diseases at the Mayo Clinic, and author of the paper published in Archives of Internal Medicine, quotes, “It’s a fascinating thing, but all the arteries are connected. We know that the risk factors for stroke are the same as for heart disease. We know that the risk factors for ED are the same as for heart disease. And we are finding that the risk factors for dementia and Alzheimer’s are the same as for heart disease.”

It’s frustrating that doctors are connecting all the dots, but rarely ever include obstructive sleep apnea as a major component of all these conditions. In this vein, having ED could mean that you’re at higher risk for obstructive sleep apnea, which causes diminished circulation to various parts of the body, including the penis and the brain. You can make a strong argument that everyone with ED should be screened for obstructive sleep apnea. 

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2 thoughts on “How Erectile Dysfunction Can Cause Alzheimer’s

  1. I aquired ED at 58 now 68. Recently noticed lack of controlled steps and vertigo. Not shure use of tadalafil delayed or expedited damage.

  2. Dear Dr. Park: I feel compelled to write to you after doing a Google search “ED & alheimzers”. I am not a scientist but I am an academic used to doing research. I was prompted to do this because of my husband who has sleeping apnea and I believe ADHD, in addition to hypertension. He has also experienced ED that he blames on age, but I think not. I think its a wake-up call if he or his doctor would listen and stop doing the standard “medical shuffle” when they don’t know! There are many more anedotical factors which I would add but space prohibits. Are there other work/sites that I should review in addition to yous? Thank you for any insight which you can provide.