Do Your Genes Increase Your Chances Of Erectile Dysfunction?

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Your genes are the natural code that your body is built on. Everything about you that makes you unique, is due to the complex combination of genes that have been passed down to you from your parents. How tall you are, your hair color, eye color, bone structure, and so on, are all attributed to your genetics. So scientists have begun to explore just how much else your genes are responsible for, such as predispositions for health and sexual wellness conditions like erectile dysfunction.

According to studies conducted by the National Institute of Health, a specific sequence in your genetics has been strongly correlated with an increased chance of developing erectile dysfunction. Their studies have shown that this can increase your likelihood of developing ED by as much as 26%. This finding was exclusive from other leading causes of erectile dysfunction, meaning this genetic predisposition has the chance to affect men of all varieties, regardless of other contributing factors.

If Erectile Dysfunction Is Genetic, Can It Be Treated?

It has recently been discovered the erectile dysfunction is most often a symptom of a greater underlying health issue. Something in your body has become misaligned or imbalanced and as a result, your sexual health declines or is impaired. Knowing that genetics could be the cause, especially now that scientists have narrowed down exactly what gene is causing the dysfunction, is actually a positive thing!

Various efforts are being made to target the SIM1 gene as a means of restoring erectile function and reinvigorating your sexual health. Different treatments are being utilized to reprogram the problematic genetic coding to enable its proper function. The Integrative Hormone Center offers a wide range of genetic tests that can tell you everything you need to know about your overall health and bodily function. It is important to consult a medical professional as soon as you recognize signs of erectile dysfunction. You may not carry the gene and your ED could be symptomatic of another more serious underlying condition such as:

  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes 
  • Clogged blood vessels
  • Alcohol and drug use 
  • Low testosterone

Genetic Testing At The Integrative Hormone Center

If you think you’re experiencing erectile dysfunction, it’s important to figure out what is causing it before treatment options can be assessed. Taking one of the genetic tests offered at the Integrative Hormone Center can provide our doctors with a plethora of useful information about your body and how it functions. The results can warn you of your potential to develop chronic diseases later in life, as well as exercise and dietary responses. In this case, they can also highlight any genetic issues that could be causing your erectile dysfunction.

We Can Help Treat Erectile Dysfunction

ED doesn’t have to be permanent, doctors are equipped with a range of tools that can help manage or treat the cause of your erectile dysfunction. Call or book an appointment online at the Integrative Hormone Center to learn about all of the genetic tests and effective treatments we offer. The cause behind your ED could be unique and as such, we can provide specific and comprehensive treatment that is tailored to you. 

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