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        NEWS IN BRIEF II

Sexual Activity and Older Men: There was a recent
study conducted in Australia about sexual
attitudes and functioning of older men, ages 75-95.
This study received wide publicity and was the
butt of many media jokes.  Basically, this study
found that even at this advanced age sex was
important to a significant percentage of men.  
Forty-three percent of the men in the survey
complained of not enough sexual activity.  I
received a well written, thoughtful email from one
of my readers and he is concerned about PD's
affect on his ability to have sex currently and also
in the coming years. Note his age. His attitude
confirms that us older guys are still interested in
sex. Here is his email.   

comments = Thank you for your fine information regarding
peyronies disease.  I read most of it including "about me" the
"feedback" and "links" reports.  Thank you for taking the time
to offer this information to the general public and to those of
us being afflicted by this disease.

Yesterday (18 Nov 10) I went to the urologist for the first time,
after doing research on the Internet and realizing that I have
had peyronies disease for the past 10 months.  My primary
care physician had no idea of what the disease was and
referred me to an urologist.

The urologist told me that he had no idea of how to cure the
disease and that nothing he has proscribed in the past 30
years has been of any benefit.  However, he wrote me a
prescription for Trental and urged me to use it for six months
in the hopes that the increased blood flow would effect some
cure.  I doubt than anything will help at this time and Trental
involves numerous side effects. The urologist also suggested
using Vitamin E and Arginine, both of which increase blood
flow.  However, I have been using the suggested levels of
these products for the past few years and I still developed
this disease.

I agree that the destruction or deterioration of "elastin" is
probably the main cause of this disease.  During strong
erections the penis may be stretched beyond it's normal
intended length and that causes ruptures and tearing in the
elastin, which in turn shortens it and creates scar tissue.

If elastin deterioration is the cause of this disease, I do not
see how additional sexual activity or constant masturbation
will be of any value, since these activities involve stretching
the penis once again and irritating the very tissue that has
caused the disease in the first place.  Furthermore, there are
no studies showing that constant sexual activity is of any
value to those suffering from peyronies disease.

The only treatment that seemed promising to me, was the
ultra-sound treatments that were used in the report from
Germany.  Unfortunately, there was no follow-up on these
treatments.  Back in the 1960's the athletic room at the
university that I attended, used ultra-sound to help heal all the
ruptures and tissue tearing of the athletes, and with 10 or 20
treatments over a few weeks, seemed to bring these athletes
back to life and allowed them to resume participation in their
respective sports.  Ultra-sound heat may allow the elastin to
regenerate itself and become elastic over time.  It would be
wonderful if someone in research would at least try this.

In my case the penis bends downward and forward at a 45%
angle, right at the point that it leaves the body.  Up until last
year, my penis was at a constant 90 degree angle or higher
during erections and I felt blessed that at my age it was still
functioning properly.  I never used Viagra or any other
substance to achieve firm erections.

Unless a miracle occurs I see no hope for a cure.  
Presently I
am 70 years old
and this condition just appeared in the past
10 months.  I am in very good health and exercise frequently,
so I may live another 20-30 years.  But to live with this
condition is disappointing and depressing.

I hope that this information may be of some value to someone
out there who is qualified to do research on this condition.











Interesting Study: There was an interesting and novel
study reported in the International Brazilian Journal of
Urology, July august 2009.  (Again, not research in the US
or Western Europe, but Brazil). Apparently, up until this
study no one thought to find out what changes occur
over time to the scar tissue adjacent to the Tunica
Albuginea.  

Biopsies were taken from 7 men with PD during surgery
and these tissues were compared to a control group from
autopsied men.  The area biopsied was the corpus
cavernosum adjacent to the fibrous plaque in the Tunica
Albuginea (TA).  At this point in time, these men had PD,
but no sign of Erectile Dysfunction.  

  • Elastin fibers near the fibrous plaque were reduced and
    this change was similar to the changes noted in the
    fibrous plaque in the TA.

  • The quantity of collagen was not altered, but it
    exhibited disrupted orientations.

In its earlier stages PD usually does not affect erectile
functioning, but overtime it may lead to erectile
dysfunction.  It is also speculated that as time passes,
other regions of the penile tissue may be affected.  For
the first time it is noted that PD not only affects the TA,
but also adjacent tissue.  

Kudos to the Brazilian medical team for this innovative
and novel research.
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