Can chronic nephritis also cause impotence in men? Why does kidney damage cause impotence
Chronic nephritis may cause impotence. The main function of the kidney is to excrete toxins and wastes accumulated in the body in the form of urine, and maintain the balance of the human body environment. Once the human kidney is damaged by trauma or disease, it should be treated in time, otherwise the kidney cannot complete its function of urination and detoxification, resulting in the risk of death. Many diseases and conditions may damage human kidneys, such as chronic nephritis, renal tuberculosis, lupus erythematosus, diabetes, gout, hypertension, atherosclerosis and drug abuse.
Before 1961, unfortunately, renal failure meant death. The invention of artificial kidney and dialysis has become the savior of patients with renal failure. Although the method of hemodialysis extended the life of patients, it was found that 50% of male patients with chronic renal failure had impotence and low libido, and there was no significant improvement after hemodialysis. Some of them are often spiritual. For example, a person will rely on a machine for the rest of his life, which makes it difficult for people to balance their psychology; Other people's impotence is caused by anemia, testicular atrophy, low androgen level, zinc deficiency and other diseases.
The exact causes of impotence caused by renal injury have not been fully identified, including vascular injury, nerve injury, abnormal hormone levels and trace element abnormalities.
The levels of testosterone and zinc in the blood of patients with chronic renal failure are often lower than those of normal people. Enough zinc can promote the testicle to produce normal testosterone, so the impotence can often be corrected after zinc supplementation for patients with low blood zinc impotence. Some patients with renal failure have higher blood prolactin levels than normal people. Prolactin is produced by the pituitary gland, which interferes with the production of testosterone. When the level of prolactin in the blood is too high, taking or injecting androgen to the patient does not work. The sexual function can also return to normal after finding out the cause or drugs that make prolactin return to normal. Some patients with renal failure are accompanied by hyperparathyroidism. At this time, blood calcium decreases and bone calcium falls off. Such patients also have impotence, so timely administration of vitamin D calcium can not only help patients correct calcium metabolism disorder, but also restore sexual function.
For any patient with chronic renal failure, whether hemodialysis or kidney transplantation, his purpose is to prolong life. In order to make patients with renal failure live a healthy and happy life, it is necessary to improve the quality of life; For married patients, it is necessary to treat and prevent impotence to make them worthy of the name.