Can Erection Pills Be Bad for Your Health?
In life, there are opportunities taken and opportunities
missed. The same is true in men’s health. The way men are built, they typically
don’t come face to face with medical care unless their lives are threatened, or
they’re in pain. The latest Cleveland Clinic survey pretty much sums this up:
Over 60% of men neglect seeing a physician even when they know they
need to go. And over half of men prefer to keep their health concerns
to themselves. As a result, their care is defensive and reactive medicine which
is no way to keep a population healthy.
of Viagra twenty years ago created an unprecedented opportunity to
lure men into the doctor’s office for care, and that’s exactly what happened.
They came in hoards. And then we learned that erectile
dysfunction is a biomarker
of heart health. Now, men with erectile dysfunction are routinely checked
(and treated!) for metabolic health risks like high cholesterol, diabetes,
obesity and smoking. Major life-shortening illnesses are now handled before
they become critical. All because of a simple erection pill. What a great,
proactive leap forward in men’s health.
But are erection pills bad for your health? The good news
is, consuming them does not cause physical harm. In fact, they are incredibly
safe when taken according to FDA indications; think of them as coffee for
the penis. However, because erection pills can now be easily and legally
obtained online through internet startups, men are still avoiding the doctor’s
office. It’s good that men that otherwise would have avoided treatment are
getting treatment for ED, but buying ED pills online is not the same as getting
“care.” And that, my friends, has the potential to set us back a few decades in
You could consider the online prescription marketplace as
the perpetuation of an outdated model of medical care in which pills exist for
all ills. Similarly, it can also be viewed as a missed opportunity to actually
prevent disease and keep men living healthier and longer. Let’s use diabetes as
an example, since we now know that much of acquired diabetes is not just
treatable but cured with weight loss. Suppose pills to treat diabetes
were available online like ED medications. Sure, you’d take the pills and
things might improve. But with proper medical care and weight loss, there’s the
chance to cure the damn disease for good. As pills typically don’t
cure things, they generate a missed opportunity.
I have mixed feelings about the widespread availability of
ED drugs online. Great for short-term improvements in the quality of men’s sex
lives, but at what expense? Men’s health and longevity?
This article first appeared on Dr. Turek’s blog.