Researchers identify erectile dysfunction gene
SEE ALSO :Drop in banks’ profit denies State Sh69bThe average population risk is of one in five men, according to a 2007 study in the United States, but the ratio increases sharply with age. About a third of erectile dysfunction risk is linked to genetic factors. According to the new study, the genetic variant Jorgenson and his colleagues identified alone accounts for two percent of the risk. Obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease all have genetic components and are also linked to erectile dysfunction. "We know that there are other factors for ED including smoking, obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and men who address those factors can reduce their risk of ED," Jorgenson told AFP. "Because the region that we identified in the human genome appears to act independently of those risk factors, developing new treatments that target the variation in this genetic location has the potential to help those men who do not respond to current treatment."
SEE ALSO :More players eye cooking gas pieHe noted that about 50 percent of men do not respond to erectile dysfunction treatments currently available. The study's results were validated by studying a second database in Britain.