Does muscular dystrophy cause erectile dysfunction

Erectile Dysfunction meds could treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy, study suggests

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  • (Photo : REUTERS/Mark Blinch) A new study suggests medicine to treat erectile dysfunction in men could help boys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy

According to website for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is a genetic disorder which causes progressive weakness and degeneration in the muscles. There are eight other types of muscular dystrophy.

“DMD is caused by an absence of dystrophin, a protein that helps keep muscle cells intact, ” the website explains. “Symptom onset is in early childhood, usually between ages 3 and 5. The disease primarily affects boys, but in rare cases it can affect girls.”

The study, which was published in the journal Neurology online on May 7, was done by comparing 10 boys – ages 8-13 – who had Duchenne and were taking steroids with 10 healthy boys were the same ages.

"Boys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy have a blood flow abnormality - delivery of blood and oxygen to their muscles - that does not increase the way it should during mild exercise, " lead researcher Dr. Ronald Victor. Victor is the associate director of the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute in Los Angeles.

Victor points out, according to Health Day, blood vessels do not expand sufficiently which causes muscles to lack the normal amount of oxygen. ED medications such as Cialis and Viagra enlarge blood vessels which – allowing more blood to flow – is how the medication helps men struggling with erectile dysfunction.

During the study, blood flow was measured in all 20 boys while they were at rest and while they were participating in a hand grip exercise.

Prior to receiving Cialis and Viagra, shows the boys with Duchenne did not have normal blood flow even with the steroids. However, after receiving the two ED drugs, the bloodflow test was done again. It was done once more in two weeks after those who received Cialis were given Viagra and vice versa. The study showed that both drugs increased blood flow.

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by GaryTheSnail

None of his links actually provide factual justification for anything that he is stating.
#1 - link to study on amounts of water retained and lost in chickens through water and air dryed processing facilities. NOTHING about his ridiculous fecal soup statement.
#2 - Eating small amounts of meat as prescribed by most physicians does not cause erectile dysfunction. And the links provided to not provide reliable backup to his comment either. Instead, it is high cholesterol that accounts for some cases of dysfunction. And much of that cholesterol can be accounted for by genetic disposition

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