Erection issues may be accompanied by alarming levels of high cholesterol, the hypertension maze, and other health risks too, which may lead to probable heart disease, especially in men who are susceptible to type 2 diabetes.

As per a study by Italian researchers, it has been found that erectile dysfunction is a hint of the silent type of heart risk than the traditional ones, which has risk factors associated with it – such as – high blood pressure, high LDL (or "bad") cholesterol, low HDL (or "good") cholesterol, and smoking.

The part of the study had around 260 men who had diabetes, and a significant chunk of them was in their late 50s with no grave complications from the disease for seven years. The researcher concluded that men having type 2 diabetes were nine times closer to having erectile dysfunction than their counterparts. This was a breakthrough in science and can be a helping hand as tracer or identifier of cardiovascular diseases in patients who have diabetes.

There are no second thoughts about some findings of the research and study. However, it might not be of much use when it comes to treating diabetes in men.

Studies that were conducted earlier had results with men having erectile dysfunction, along with the traces of heart risks and diabetes – a common link of the diseases was the blood vessels are compromised. Erectile dysfunction impacts men with diabetes three times more often, and typically a decade earlier than men who do not have diabetes in their life

It has been said that out of every two men with type 2 diabetes, one will surely start showing the symptoms of the dreaded erectile dysfunction. Not to forget that diabetes also increases the chances of heart risks, with blood vessels that are damaged, eventually hampering the blood flow, something very crucial for erection in men.

Although, it should be noted that men who do not have diabetes, erectile dysfunction can be a sign of looming heart risk, especially in cases where impotence happens at a very young age.

The scientists of St. Paul Heart Clinic in Minnesota have submitted their reports to the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, saying that the occurrence of erectile dysfunction is an indicator of damaged blood vessels that eventually result in heart risks and stroke. It was also noted that men who otherwise lead healthy lives, but had erectile dysfunction, had problems in their arteries upon being tested. Even though these men seemed healthy, they had signs of heart disease.

Studies are underway to determine how diabetes and ED can be used to predict the silent type of heart disease that is often found in men with diabetes. With men suffering from diabetes, cardiovascular disease can both be silent and asymptomatic as compared to men with no hint of diabetes in life. All of this, combined with poor lifestyle, is like welcoming deadly coronary diseases and death, more so in people who have diabetes.

Medically reviewed by Rishabh Verma, RP