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Hypertension is a condition that, if untreated, can lead to a heart attack or stroke. Other associated problems, including erection problems, can also develop due to high blood pressure. We asked Dr. Chandrashekhar, Senior Consultant, Saroj Super Specialty Hospital, New Delhi, if there was a link between hypertension and erectile dysfunction. Here are his inputs:

For men, there is a huge link between hypertension and sexual problems. The chances of developing hypertension increases with age. It is also higher in people with abnormal lipid levels and in smokers. The increased incidence of erectile dysfunction is also emphasized when diabetes, metabolic syndrome, obstructive sleep apnea or advanced changes in coronary vessels that occur simultaneously in people with hypertension.

How does high blood pressure cause ED?

With time, high blood pressure damages the lining of blood vessels and causes arteries to harden and narrow, which limits the blood flow. This reduces the overall blood circulation and, therefore, less blood flows towards the penis. This makes it difficult to achieve and maintain an erection at the right time.  

Even a single episode of erectile dysfunction can result in anxiety and can decrease sexual desire in men. Hypertension can also cause ejaculation problems and generally reduces sexual desire. In the case of men with high blood pressure levels, ​​there is a reduced level of testosterone, which is a key hormone for sexual arousal.

Erectile dysfunction is also associated with the use of certain antihypertensive drugs, especially those belonging to the group of beta-blockers and diuretics. Zinc is an essential mineral that is required to maintain testosterone levels in the body. Diuretics lower the zinc level and, thus, their use can contribute to a lack of sex drive. They may also decrease the blood flow to the penis and affect the ability to achieve an erection. Beta-blockers, on the other hand, may affect the nerve impulse that triggers an erection.

An ideal way to tackle this problem is to speak to your health practitioner and discuss the issue. Your doctor can address these cases with the right treatment before any condition gets worse.

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