Men’s sexual function should be taken into account when they are being investigated for risk factors of cardiovascular disease, according to a report by the Princeton Consensus.

The study, conducted by a group of more than 20 physicians found that erectile dysfunction is a risk factor in men younger than 55 years old for eventual cardiovascular disease. Some men with symptoms of ED, can experience a cardiovascular even within 2 to 5 years.

The researchers recommend that men over 30 who suffer from ED should be evaluated closely for cardiovascular disease, because they believe that any man over 30 who has ED has a high risk of CVD (cardiovascular disease).

Furthermore, low testosterone levels may be associated with ED, CVD and cardiovascular death. Therefore, the team who conducted this study says men should also be tested to determine their testosterone levels.

Read the full study here