Causes of Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile Dysfunction (ED) is a common thing among older adults. But this does not mean that your sex life will be over after your 40. Erectile Dysfunction is not considered normal at any age and can be prevented and treated at any age. Most of us are misinformed that erectile dysfunction is an unavoidable part of aging. At age 40, about 5% of men experience Erectile Dysfunction. At age 65, this number grows to between 15% and 25%.

What are the causes of Erectile Dysfunction?

Physical Problems. This includes loss of blood supply to penis, injury to nerves, etc.

Chronic Disease. The most influential condition for your sexual life is diabetes. Nearly one out of every two men with diabetes experiences ED. Other chronic diseases include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and atherosclerosis. These conditions can lead to insufficient blood flow or nerve impulses throughout the body. Erection problems can also be linked to problems with the nervous system, such as multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.

Medication. Many medicines may have ED as a side effect. To this group of medications belong certain blood pressure drugs, antidepressants, tranquilizers, and antihistamines. If you recently began taking medications and start feeling erection problems, talk to your doctor so he could change the dose or type of you medications.

Lifestyle. Drinking too much alcohol, smoking, or using illegal drugs can lead to erectile dysfunction. These bad habits may damage the blood vessels and reduce blood flow to the penis. Another lifestyle change that is opposite to the cause of ED is exercising and loosing weight. Each man has to use 2,5 hours per week for exercising, experts say. But be careful with bicycling. Research suggests avid cyclists suffer more ED than other athletes because of the shape of some bicycle seats. If you want to ride for many hours each week look for seats designed to protect men’s important areas.

Does your wife tell you not to wear those really comfy and cool underwear cause it’s tight and can be another cause of ED? Well, tight underwear is not to blame. It only may be a factor in producing a low sperm count.

Psychological. Experts say stress, depression, poor self-esteem, and performance anxiety can short-circuit the process that leads to an erection in 10-20% of men. These factors can also make the problem worse in men whose ED stems from something physical.

Surgery. Sometimes it is to blame surgery which damage nerves and blood vessels near the penis while treating prostate or bladder cancer. In some cases, the nerve damage is permanent and the patient will need to take medications to achieve an erection.

Jeremy Walden –

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