Unfortunately a limp, flaccid or less than cooperative penis isn’t just bad news when it comes to your sex life. Men who suffer from erectile dysfunction have a whopping 70% increased risk of premature death, and this was proved in a new study from The University of Mississippi. With the stats so high, and the consequences so serious it’s crucial to understand what your penis says about your health and life expectancy.
Have you got poor cardio vascular health?
Did you know that diminishing or poor cardiovascular health is one of the biggest causes of erectile dysfunction in men claims Tobias Köhler, M.D., an associate professor of urology at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. If your penis doesn’t perform like it should, it could be an early indication of poor cardiovascular health, which is why it’s crucial for you to always visit your GP should you notice any problems.
Also, the vessels that carry blood to your penis are very small, only one to two millimetres across, so it is pretty easy for them to get clogged. The danger happens if harmful plaque begins to build up in these tiny blood vessels, which can be due to a poor diet, a lack of exercise, excessive smoking, age, or even your genetics. The blood flow to your penis can be one of the first things that will get blocked off if you have excess plaque in your arteries.
Stress, anxiety and depression
If you can’t get a successful erection this may also be due to a mental health issue. If you suffer from low self-esteem, anxiety or depression or your life is filled with a lot of stress, this will have a significant affect on your ability to get an erection. Stress, anxiety and depression can also have an affect on your heart and even life expectancy if you don’t get the problems treated professionally. Stress and anxiety can result in high levels of cortisol being secreted into your body and this can directly affect all of your internal workings including your metabolism. If you think the sexual health of your penis is suffering because of these problems it is important that you seek medical help as soon as you can.
The good news
It’s not all doom and gloom, if you are entering later life and you have no problems with erections or your penis. This says great things about your life expectancy. An active sex life is also a great form of CV exercise and helps to release endorphins into your brain making you happier on the whole which helps to diminish the low mood swings depression and anxiety can cause.
If you are ever worried or concerned about your penis then you shouldn’t hesitate to get it checked out with the doctor. There is no time like the present and your penis can tell you a great deal about your overall health and life expectancy.