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A Medscape article brings to light the results of a recent cross-sectional survey published in the July/August issue of the Annals of Family Medicine regarding the connection between erectile dysfunction (ED) and early diabetes. The results suggest that any diagnosis of ED should immediately trigger diabetes screening, in middle-aged men especially. A decade of recent research and evidence show that ED is an early indicator for cardiovascular disease, and new evidence suggests that ED is also associated with undiagnosed cardiometabolic risk factors.

ED and Undiagnosed Diabetes

The survey found that the predicted probability of having undiagnosed diabetes for men between the ages of 40 to 59 years old was 1 in 10 for those with ED. For men without ED, the probability is only 1 in 50. When men between the ages of 40 and 59 are considered, the prevalence of undiagnosed diabetes is 19.1 percent in men with ED and only 3.3 percent in men without ED. They also found that in the fasting glucose analytic sample, the prevalence of undiagnosed diabetes was 11.5 percent in men with ED and only 2.8 percent in men without ED.

Viagra, Cialis and Levitra

Undiagnosed diabetes isn’t the only potential health risk facing middle aged men with ED. Viagra is a multi-billion dollar earner for pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, but it’s no secret that Viagra and similar ED drugs have been linked with severe and deadly side effects across the country. Some of these side effects include heart attack, stroke, hypotension, sudden hearing loss, Vision loss, blindness and melanoma skin cancer.

When to Contact a Personal Injury Attorney

Hopefully, these new research findings will help to trigger screening for diabetes in men with ED, especially for those in the 40-to-60 age group. Men who are taking medications for ED like Viagra and Cialis should also be aware of the health risks and potentially deadly side effects associated with those drugs.

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one due to the dangerous side effects of  Viagra, Cialis or Levitra in San Jose or San Francisco, contact the skilled legal team at Alexander Law Group, LLP at 888.777.1776 for a free consultation.