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Monday, December 10, 2012

Gum Problems, Erection Problems May be Related

Men in their 30s with inflamed gums may also have erection problems, according to a new study.

The study appeared in the Journal of Sexual Medicine. The correlation involving inflamed gums and erection problems was shown to exist when the inflammation was caused by severe periodontal disease.

To compile the data, a group of Turkish researchers analyzed information about 80 men ages 30 to 40 with erectile dysfunction and compared the results to 82 men without any erection problems.

The information showed that about 53 percent of the men with erectile dysfunction had inflamed gums while only 23 percent of the men with without erectile dysfunction had inflamed gums.

When other factors were taken into account, such as age, body mass index, education, etc. the men with severe periodontal disease were 3.29 times more likely to have erection problems when compared to men with healthy gums.

The average age of the men in the study was just under 36 and there weren’t many differences in the other factors that could have had an impact on the study participants. Their sexual function was determined by utilizing the International Index of Erectile Function and gum health was based on the plaque index, bleeding on probing, probing depth and clinical attachment level.

Erectile dysfunction and chronic periodontitis have similar risk factors, which could explain the results of the survey. This study explored men ages 30 to 40 to analyze the impact of chronic periodontitis on erectile dysfunction without being affected by aging

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