This one’s not quite as clear-cut as it sounds, though it does suggest that pharmaceuticals may not be the best way to tackle ED.

According to new research, published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine, ED drugs, such as Viagra and Cialis, are linked to 2,200 deaths.

You know we’re not fans of ED drugs for a variety of reasons. They’re expensive, they don’t boost sexual health and come with a disconcerting list of side effects like hearing loss and blurry vision.

And yet, as firm as we are in that stance, the study highlights something else that should concern men over 30: a proven link between erectile dysfunction and the single-most killer of men in the United States, heart disease.

Researchers based their findings, summarized here, on reports from the FDA’s Office of Surveillance and Epidemiology, between 2000 and 2010. And in the grand scheme of things, 2,200 deaths, among the estimated pool of 15 million and 84 million (wow, that narrows things down a bit huh?) American men taking prescription ED drugs, it’s less than a drop in the proverbial bucket.

Still, it’s noteworthy. And it’s cause for concern that, according to a 2005 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, men with erectile dysfunction are 25% more likely to develop heart disease within five years.

Relax. This doesn’t mean it’s time to head for the hills with a food cache and a sawed-off shotgun – it simply means that ED is a red flag that all’s not well in the state of things blood flow. If you’re over 30, and you’re affected by ED, speak to your doctor.

Also, get out and exercise. Eat well, and maintain a body mass index between 20 and 24. If that means lifestyle changes and getting your tail into the gym, do it.

And when you’ve made your changes and committed to living well, let’s get back to proven herbals and botanicals that have been used since ancient times to stimulate blood flow to your ticker and get the sex drive back to fighting form. Our take? Forget ED drugs. We’re loading up on VigRX Plus.