Spanish scientists from the University of Granada claim that gum disease in men doubles the likelihood of their developing erectile dysfunction.
Scientists came to such conclusions after examining 158 men aged from 23 to 69 years. Half of them suffered from erectile dysfunction. It turned out that chronic periodontitis (inflammation of the tissues that hold the tooth in the hole) increases the probability of impaired potency by 2.7 times.According to scientists, it is even more significant factor than diabetes or heart diseases.
An inverse relationship was also found: three of four men (74%) who have problems in the bedroom show gum disease. True, oral diseases were also found in 58% of men who do not experience erectile dysfunction.
According to scientists, the reason for the connection between the state of the gums and the level of potency in men is C-reactive protein (CRP), which is produced by the liver. Its level is elevated during inflammation in the body and is considered a risk factor for the development of pathologies of the heart and blood vessels.
CRP levels were higher in men who had gum disease and / or erectile dysfunction than those who had neither one nor the other health problems. It is possible that the C-reactive protein begins to act on small blood vessels, for example, in the penis area, and over time the effect spreads to large arteries, which leads to heart disease.