Even among men with no previous record of heart disease, increasing severity of erectile dysfunction led to sharp rises in the risk of being hospitalised.
Mild erectile dysfunction was associated with a very small 0.08 per cent increased chance of an admission for ischaemic heart disease, a condition caused by blocked arteries. But this rose to a 37 per cent higher risk for men with moderate ED and 60 per cent for those severely affected.
Erectile problems had a major impact on heart failure admission rates, boosting them five-fold even for mild and moderate conditions.
To some, saying you have a sex addiction is a bit like saying you’re addicted to the gym or eating cookies; it’s an innocent exaggeration. Add in the fact that many experts aren’t convinced either—sexual addiction is not formally recognized in the bible of psychiatry, The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)—and the diagnosis smacks of a philanderer’s last-ditch grasp at redemption.