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Why Neck Circumference Could Indicate Higher Erectile Dysfunction Risk

A sudden and otherwise unexplained increase in neck circumference could be an early warning sign that you’re at greater risk of cardiovascular disease and erectile dysfunction. If this applies to you, see your doctor. 

Introduction

Has your collar been pinching your neck lately? Or have you suddenly been forced to buy shirts with a larger neck size than you’ve been wearing for years?

As unlikely as it might seem, these could be signs that you’re at increased risk of developing cardiovascular conditions that could also compromise erectile function. In other words, science has apparently found a relationship between the circumference of your neck and your chances of developing heart disease and erectile dysfunction.

Over the past year or so, multiple studies pointing to the association between neck circumference and cardiovascular risk have been published or presented at professional conferences. Each of the studies points to the link between neck circumference and the risk of one or more cardiovascular conditions, such as high blood pressure.

One study confined its investigation into the relationship between neck circumference and cardiovascular risk among type 2 diabetics. The others addressed the implications of that relationship among members of the general population.

In any case, it appears that elevated neck circumference may become yet another warning sign of the increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease. And anything that impacts blood flow to the heart necessarily affects your erection, which requires robust blood flow.

The Heart-Penis Connection

It goes without saying that a healthy heart is fundamental to a human’s overall well-being. However, the link between cardiovascular health and erectile function is particularly critical, so much so that it’s been widely observed that what’s good for the heart is good for the penis, and vice-versa.

Both the heart and the penis depend on strong blood flow to function at optimal levels. Because the arteries that supply the penis are smaller in diameter than those that supply the heart, erection problems are considered an early warning sign that more serious cardiovascular consequences could lie ahead.

However, you can decide now to make lifestyle choices designed to avoid those consequences.

Likewise, the awareness that certain physical signs are indicative of an increased risk of cardiovascular disease can alert us to take action to head off those problems before they’ve become intractable. Such, of course, is the case with the association between neck circumference and increased risk of cardiovascular disease.

A Sign of Metabolic Syndrome?

In a presentation before the May 2019 Asian Pacific Society of Cardiology Congress in Pasay City, Philippines, a Filipino doctor suggested that neck circumference could be a predictor of metabolic syndrome.

Metabolic syndrome, according to MayoClinic.org, is “a cluster of conditions that occur together, increasing your risk of heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes.” Such conditions include elevated cholesterol and triglyceride levels, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and excess abdominal body fat.

Pacifico D. Gines III, M.D., lead author of the study, said that Filipino males with a neck circumference greater than 40 centimeters (15.75 inches) were found to have a higher risk of metabolic syndrome. The study led by Gines was confined to Filipinos, who are generally smaller in stature than most Westerners.

Gines said the study found that neck circumference “is a significant predictor of metabolic syndrome and was more accurate than waist circumference, which is affected by breathing and stomach fullness.”

Man taking his blood pressure.

One study found a link between neck circumference and an increased risk of high blood pressure.

Neck Size and Hypertension

A Chinese study, published in early November 2019 by BMC Cardiovascular Disorders, looked at the relationship between neck circumference and high blood pressure, a major cause of both cardiovascular disease and ED.

The study concluded that neck circumference, independent of other body fat indexes, is a simple and useful gauge for the identification of high blood pressure in Chinese adults.

Neck Size Among Diabetics

Yet another Chinese study, this one published in November 2019 by BioMed Research International, looked at the implications of elevated neck circumference among Chinese adults with type 2 diabetes. In particular, the researchers sought to see if there could be any link between neck size and the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Researchers recruited a total of 3,009 diabetic adults for their study. During an eight-year follow-up period, they narrowed their study participants down to 211 patients who had experienced serious cardiovascular events. They divided that group into two subgroups — one with higher neck circumferences (16.93 inches or above in men and 14.57 inches or above in women) and a second with lesser neck circumferences.

They found that those in the group with a higher neck size had a higher incidence of adverse cardiovascular events than those in the second group.

Risk of Cardiometabolic Disease

Published online by BMJ Open on December 10, 2019, another Chinese study looked at the relationship between neck circumference and the risk of cardiometabolic disease. Acknowledging the findings of Western studies showing such an association, the researchers sought to see if the same results would be replicated in a cohort of Chinese participants.

They recruited a total of 4,000 study participants with a mean age of 56 years. They concluded that neck circumference “was significantly associated with cardiometabolic disease in [the] Chinese population.”

What to Do?

No matter how you might become aware of an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and ED, measures can be taken to lower that risk if you act quickly and decisively. It’s really all about lifestyle for most men.

  • Eating a heart-healthy diet and exercising on a regular basis are perhaps the two most important components of a lifestyle designed to preserve both cardiovascular and erectile health.
  • Maintaining a healthy weight is also critical. Carrying around extra pounds puts a greater strain on your heart and vascular system. If you’re overweight or even obese, take sensible steps to shed that extra weight. Ask for your doctor’s help.
  • Smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, and drug abuse are all antithetical to cardiovascular health and by extension to erectile function. Quit smoking as quickly as you can, enlisting whatever means of support necessary to accomplish that goal. A drink or two now and then is not a problem, but if you’re having a problem limiting yourself to a drink or two, that could be a sign that alcohol is not for you. Avoid recreational drugs altogether.

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Don Amerman has spent more than three decades in the business of writing and editing. During the last 15 years, his focus has been on freelance writing. For almost all of his writing, He has done all of his own research, both online and off, including telephone and face-to-face interviews where possible. Don Amerman on Google+