Erectile dysfunction is often associated with other disorders such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, dyslipidaemia, obesity, and depression.

Effective treatments for ED are available.

While the cause of erectile dysfunction (ED) is multifactorial, lead author of the British Society for Sexual Medicine guidelines on ED, Dr Geoff Hackett explained that some of the associated comorbid conditions, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and hypertension, can be a primary cause of ED. “Similarly, ED could be a useful marker for comorbid conditions such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes,” he said.1

“Thorough medical screening of patients with ED is advisable, as this could lead to earlier diagnosis and treatment of comorbid conditions,” advised Dr Hackett. “Conversely, men with conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, and depression may have undiagnosed ED and should be questioned appropriately to ascertain any erectile problems and initiate appropriate treatment,” he said. “Effective treatments for ED are available, including the three phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors sildenafil citrate, tadalafil, and vardenafil HCl.”1



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