Is high total cholesterol a risk factor for erectile dysfunction?

High total cholesterol is not an independent risk factor for erectile dysfunction. In other words, it is not a direct cause of erectile dysfunction. However, cholesterol can clog arteries. If arteries are clogged they cannot deliver enough blood to the penis. An erection happens when the penis fills up with blood.

High cholesterol is also a risk factor for heart disease and should be treated by a physician.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
If your idea of a romantic dinner is a fat, juicy steak, you may want to pick the broiled salmon, instead. Men with high cholesterol have an increased risk for erectile dysfunction. That's probably because cholesterol helps to form plaque, an accumulation of junk in the arteries that can cut off blood flow. The penis must fill with blood to become erect, so clogged arteries can lead to sexual difficulty for men.

Of course, clogged arteries can cause heart attacks, strokes, and other medical problems, too. If you have high cholesterol, talk to your doctor about making better diet choices and medication that can help bring it under control.
Yes. Increased cholesterol can cause vascular problems. You need good vascular supply to the penis in order to have an erection.

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