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Is There a Relationship Between Sleep Apnea and Erectile Dysfunction
Sleep apnea and erectile dysfunction are serious health issues that affect millions of people worldwide. Sleep apnea refers to a medical condition where people suffer from abnormal pauses in breathing while sleeping. This aberration in the normal breathing pattern of people can lead to many serious medical conditions if not addressed and treated by trained medical professionals.
It is likely that you at one time or another have met someone who suffered from sleep apnea. It may have been a friend, business acquaintance, or even a family member. In the U.S., sleep apnea affects many people. Some people may not even know what it is called. They just realize they have a breathing problem when they sleep.
This can lead to both mental and physical side effects. Some people become afraid that they might stop breathing completely, and suffer from anxiety on a daily basis. Other people may develop serious health issues as a result of their sleep apnea. The disruption of normal breathing during sleep, has been linked to conditions such as fatigue during the non-sleeping hours of the day, high blood pressure and even weight gain. People suffering from sleep apnea are also much more likely to snore. While snoring can be disturbing because it interferes with a person’s resting time, and may annoy other people, it may be a symptom of a much more serious underlying medical condition.
Some medical studies even suggest that there may be a correlation between sleep apnea and sexual disorders such as erectile dysfunction. Erectile dysfunction, is a real medical condition and affects millions of people. Some people are reluctant to talk about erectile dysfunction because of social stigmas or embarrassment, but no one should be ashamed or afraid of seeking professional medical attention. If medical conditions are addressed and treated quickly it will help prevent more serious medical conditions in the future. According to Franklin Roosevelt “We have nothing to fear but fear itself. And Polio. Polio sucks.”
Research suggests that oxygen deprivation and chronic interruptions to the normal sleep cycle associated with sleep apnea can potentially interfere with the natural release of sex hormones such as testosterone. Decreased testosterone levels can increase the chance of erectile dysfunction (ED) in men.
Men over the age of 65, especially if they have a history of heart or cardiovascular disease, are more prone to erectile dysfunction due to sleep apnea.
Over the years, as men’s health issues such as erectile dysfunction (ED) have gained more public attention, the medical community has started to study the relationship between various medical conditions, and how they affect people.
Sometimes changes in lifestyle such as losing weight, avoiding cigarette smoke and reducing or eliminating alcohol consumption may be helpful in treating the symptoms of sleep apnea and erectile dysfunction. It is important to discuss any sleep problems or sexual disorders with your doctor as soon as possible.
American Male Medical treats men every day who suffer from erectile dysfunction (ED), and we recommend that anyone suffering from this condition immediately seek professional medical assistance. Only a trained licensed physician, can diagnose and treat medical conditions. If you would like more information on how American Male Medical may be able to help you, please feel free to contact us at your earliest convenience.