Up to half of local men over 40 suffer from erectile dysfunction

About 30 to 40 percent of local men suffered erectile dysfunction in the 1990s, but that number has swelled to between 40 and 50 percent today.
Ti Gong / Renji Hospital

Shanghai Institute of Andrology locates in Renji Hospital.

The sufferers of erectile dysfunction (ED) among local men aged over 40 rose by 10 percent since the 1990s due to reasons including unhealthy lifestyle, strong pressure and environmental pollution.

Awareness must be aroused among the public since ED is a chronic disease closely related with cardiovascular diseases and metabolic syndromes, local medical experts told an international forum on male health in Shanghai over the weekend.

About 30 to 40 percent local men suffered ED in the 1990s and that number has swelled to between 40 and 50 percent, said Dr Lu Mujun from Shanghai Institute of Andrology, which is located in Renji Hospital.

“The incidence of ED is almost the same at home as it is abroad, but Chinese people don’t pay enough attention to the problem, which can be an early signal of diabetes and coronary disease,” Lu said. “It is important to visit doctors if suffering ED for timely treatment and screening for cardiovascular diseases.”

Doctors said there are various treatments for ED like medication and surgery. Shanghai Institute of Andrology has also cooperated with foreign facilities and doctors to carry out clinical research on stem cells.

“ED is not only related with marriage and life quality but also closely related with a person’s general health,” Lu said.

Ti Gong / Renji Hospital

Doctors work in a lab for sample testing.

Ti Gong / Renji Hospital

Dr Lu Mujun from Renji Hospital receives a patient for ED consultation.

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