Lack of the ‘sunshine vitamin’ can lead to impotence

Mens health

Impotence or erectile dysfunction is the inability to get and keep an erection firm enough for sex.

Having erection trouble from time to time isn’t necessarily a cause of worry. If you have an erectile dysfunction on a regular bases, it can produce stress, affect your self-confidence and contribute to relationship problems. More so, problems getting or keeping an erection can also be a sign of an underlying health condition that needs treatment and a risk factor for heart disease.

The best approach is relating to erectile dysfunction is to visit your doctor, no matter how mortified you might feel. You will be surprised that treating an underlying condition can actually reverse erectile dysfunction. Still, at times, medications or other direct treatments might be prescribed.

But a recent study by the John Hopkins University, as well as a study done in Italy, has indicated an interesting link between erectile dysfunction and low levels of vitamin D. This study that used data from more than 3 400 American men, in the age group 20 years old and older, indicated that 35% of them had low levels of vitamin D. This means their vitamin D levels were below 20 nanograms per milliliter of blood. More so the study found that 16% had erection problems. The researchers concluded that men with vitamin D deficiency were 32 % more likely to be impotent than those with sufficient vitamin D levels. This association held even after the study authors accounted for other factors associated with erectile dysfunction, such as drinking, smoking, diabetes, higher blood pressure, inflammation and certain medications. The researchers emphasized that their findings are observational and don’t prove cause and effect. They said more research is needed to determine if there’s a direct link between low vitamin D levels and erectile dysfunction. If that’s the case, they said it could lead to new treatment approaches.

Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin you can get from the sun and certain foods. It promotes calcium absorption in the gut, which is also needed by your bones for growth and remodelling. This vitamin also maintains enough serum calcium and phosphate concentration to normalize bone mineralization. Aside from ensuring that your bones are healthy, vitamin D helps reduce inflammation, modulate cell growth, and guarantees proper immune function.

Vitamin D deficiency is easy to screen for and simple to correct with lifestyle changes that include exercise, dietary changes, vitamin supplementation and modest sunlight exposure.

According to research, a vitamin D deficiency could affect the health of the endothelial cells. When your endothelial cells, these cells that line inside your blood vessels and form a one-cell thick layer called endothelium, which helps form strong walls inside the blood vessels. When your endothelial cells are not in their best state, this could lead to erection problems.

Researchers found out men with a vitamin D deficiency were at a greater risk of experiencing endothelial dysfunction. If this occurs, this could impair proper blood flow down to the penis and make it hard for you to either get it up or maintain an erection. This also makes it easier for toxic substances and bacteria to enter the blood stream and ruin your system, including your erections.

Studies show that getting enough sunshine vitamin could significantly increase your testosterone levels.

Aside from your sex drive, testosterone also has a direct impact on your moods. Different research studies has indicated that low testosterone could lead to depression, bad temper, and anxiety. Vitamin D does affects your mood. Aside from needed for healthy bones, vitamin D activates portions in your brain, which are in charge for releasing serotonin and dopamine. It helps you feel better and minimizes the risk of depression. So, the lack of these hormones is commonly linked to depression.

To boost your intake of vitamin D would be to spend more time in the sun. But also to eat fatty fish, salmon, mackerel and tuna. Other food sources that are good for ensuring you get your daily intake of vitamin D, are beef, egg yolk and Portobello Mushrooms.

But like all things, it is about living a healthy life. Eating right, and having meaning interested and keeping your mind active. So the next time, instead of just running on the treadmill, go for a jog outside. That bit of sun can help you more than getting strong bones.