Researchers at the University of Granada in Spain, have found that men with the disease called gum disease (also called chronic periodontisis), are more than twice as likely (2.17 times) to suffer from erectile dysfunction than men without this disease.
The study was done on 158 men aged between 23 and 69.
The study also found another interesting relationship: 74% of the men with the gum disease already had erectile dysfunction (vs 58% with gum disease not having ED).
Gum disease is a very common disease, and the majority of all men does have it to one degree or another.
The disease is characterized by swelling and soreness of the tissues supporting the teeth, due to a build-up of bacteria in the mouth.
It is suggested that the reason gum disease and erectile dysfunction are linked is because of a protein called CRP.
CRP is associated with inflammation and infection, and high levels of it is thought to be a risk factor for heart disease.
Gum disease has also been reported to be linked with heart disease, stroke and diabetes, which indicates that poor oral health can have wide-spread consequences.
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