Gum disease linked to erectile dysfunction

4 December 2012

Men in their thirties who exhibited inflamed gums due to severe periodontal disease were three times as likely to suffer erection problems, new research has found.

Turkish scientists compared 80 men between the ages of 30 and 40 with erectile dysfunction with a healthy control group for the study, which was published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.

It was found that 53 per cent of the men with erectile dysfunction also had inflamed gums, compared to 23 per cent in the control group.

One other factors such as age, BMI, household income and education level had been taken into account, it was calculated that men with severe periodontal disease were 3.29 times more likely to experience erection problems than those with healthy gums.

Lead author Dr Faith Oguz explained: "Chronic periodontitis (CP) is a group of infectious diseases caused predominantly by bacteria that most commonly occur with inflammation of the gums.

"Many studies have reported that CP may induce systemic vascular diseases, such as coronary heart disease, which have been linked with erection problems."

Posted by Edward Bartel

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