Osteoporosis is a condition in which a person experiences bone mass or bone density deterioration to a significant degree. Now, despite the fact that an erect penis is commonly referred to as a “boner,” there are in fact no bones in the penis, so osteoporosis should not be considered a penis health issue. But that doesn’t necessarily mean the reverse is true – that an erect penis problem should be ruled out as an indicator of a bone health issue. In fact, some studies suggest just the opposite.
When a person experiences deterioration in their bones, they are said to have “low bone mass.” This occurs when the body either loses too much existing bone, makes too little new bone, or a combination of both. When the loss reaches a certain point, a person is said to have osteopenia; when it reaches a further point, the diagnosis becomes osteoporosis.
If a person were to look at a bone under a microscope, they would see that healthy bones have a “honeycomb” structure to them. When they have low bone mass, the holes in the honeycombs become much, much larger. This weakens the bone, making it much more likely to fracture or break when put under undue stress. In severe cases, even “regular” stress may result in bone damage.
Some 54,000,000 Americans have low bone mass, and although it is thought of as a woman’s disease, that is not at all the case. An estimated 25% of all men over the age of 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is expensive, ringing up costs of about $19 billion every year – and that cost is expected to climb precipitously.
The erect penis connection
So if the penis is essentially boneless, why should there be some connection between osteoporosis and a guy’s manhood?
A Taiwan study from 2016 looked at this issue. It examined more than 4400 men who were 40 years of age or older who experienced erect penis issues. It matched them with more than 17,000 men who did not report bouts of erectile dysfunction.
It then looked to see how many people in each group developed osteoporosis. According to this study, almost 6% of the men with erect penis problems went on to develop osteoporosis. Among the men without erectile dysfunction, there was still osteoporosis – but only about 3.7%. When they looked at the number of years in which there were osteoporosis incidents, the men in the former group were three times as likely to suffer as the men in the control group.
The scope of this study did not allow the researchers to determine why men with erect penis issues are more at risk of osteoporosis than those without. However, one theory the scientists put forth is that men with erect penis issues often have lower than normal testosterone levels. Testosterone is associated with erectile function in general. Lower testosterone is also associated with bone mass issues. In addition, men with erectile issues often have lower levels of vitamin D, which is associated with increased bone health.
Men with erectile dysfunction may want to consult with a doctor to determine if they need to be doing anything to help ward off osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis and the link to an erect penis emphasize again the wisdom of maintaining overall penis health. One fine way to do this is to daily apply a top drawer penis health crème (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin) . Be sure to look for a crème that includes vitamin D. The best crème should also include L-arginine, an amino acid that helps produce the nitric oxide which in turns plays a role in helping penile blood vessels expand to receive increased flows of blood.