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More “Sins” Than One

Mar 19, 2011 3:12:01 PM - thesundayleader.lk
  • Male Impotence

Prof. David de Krester

Male Impotence doesn’t operate in a vacuum, it may also be an indicator that the patient may be suffering from other serious non communicable diseases such as cardiovascular disease, type two diabetes, obesity and even depression, leading to domestic violence.
Sri Lanka born Victoria Governor and medical academic Professor David de Krester speaking at the Sri Lanka Medical Association on Monday on the topic “Biological and Social determinants of male health” said that low testosterone levels and erectile dysfunction among males do not indicate possible signs of impotence alone, it may also be a revelation of serious non communicable diseases such as cardiovascular disease, type two diabetes and obesity.
De Krester who is the patron of Andrology in Australia said that erectile dysfunction may also lead to depression and domestic violence.
His case studies were those taken from USA and Australia.
Smoking, drinking and lack of exercise are the main causes for such diseases, said de Krester. However conditions could be reversed by stopping smoking and drinking, and by regular exercise and dieting.
Erectile dysfunction was common among aboriginal males due to the lack of education, access to healthcare and poor housing, he said. Matters are made worse due to their reluctance to discuss such sexual malfunctions with their women folk, leading to depression and domestic violence as a result.
De Krester described Australia’s aborigines as a “country within a country.”
He said that there are health related studies on women and children, but very little on men. As a result, Victoria has just proposed a study on “Male Health Policy.” Optimal health for both males and females are important.
“Your genes established your sex and your propensity for disease,” he said.
Adolescence can be a time of stress leading to mental illness, said de Krester. Poor parenting may be mitigated by schooling.
Testosterone levels were found to peak between the ages of 25-30 years and then to decline at the rate of 1% per year.
De Krester said that in the Australian setting it has been found that if one lives upto 85 years, there is a one in four chance of contracting dementia. It still remains a mystery as to why the average woman lives five years longer than the average man, he said.