Cholesterol & Erectile Dysfunction (ED) | menMD

High Cholesterol

Your liver makes all the cholesterol you need. The rest you get from foods including meat, poultry and full-fat dairy products. These foods are high in saturated and trans fat. That’s a problem because these fats cause your liver to make more cholesterol than it otherwise would. For some people, this added production means they go from a normal cholesterol level to one that’s unhealthy.


How does it cause ED?

Cholesterol can accumulate in the blood vessels of the penis just like it can accumulate in the blood vessels of the brain, heart, and other areas. This leads to decreased blood flow to the penis and can cause the inability to get and maintain an erection. According to a study conducted by the Japanese Urological Association, 26% of men with ED have high cholesterol.

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