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does cholesterol cause erectile dysfunction?

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Dr. Mark Rasak
32 years experience Cardiology
Possible: If enough cholesterol plaque build up in the arteries to the penis erectile dysfunction can occur. They do have dopplers to check for this. A full work up needs to be done. Thyroid sugers cholesteral and hormone levels need to be chkd. Too.
Answered on Aug 3, 2013
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Dr. James Gagne
47 years experience Internal Medicine
It certainly can: A high cholesterol is one of the causes of "atherosclerosis": hardening of the arteries. Atherosclerosis can cause heart attacks, strokes, pain in your calves when you walk, and impotence. If you have atherosclerosis in one part of your body, assume it's everywhere else to some extent. Erectile dysfunction can be a sign of otherwise silent atherosclerosis and is a risk factor for heart disease.
Answered on Apr 30, 2019
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Dr. Moez Khorsandi
26 years experience Urology
Yes: Having high choletserol levels is a definite risk for erectile dysfunction. It is also a risk factor for heart diease, heart attacks, etc. For the same reasons; it causes hardening of the arteries and decreased blood flow to those tissues.
Answered on Aug 17, 2013
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