New Facts about What Causes Erectile Dysfunction (ED)

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the inability of a man to achieve or maintain an erection sufficient for his sexual needs or the needs of his partner. Most men experience this at some point in their lives, usually by age 40. But male sexual dysfunction is not a natural part of aging. It may mean your blood vessels are clogged. It may mean you have nerve damage from diabetes. However, these causes are inadequate.

What follows may be new facts you have not known from various studies related to ED.


The incidence of ED increases strongly with age, especially after the age of 60 years. A 100% increase occurs by each one-decade increment in age for 50- to 75-y-old men. The older the men, the higher the reports of ED.

ED is considered the normal process of ageing. After the age of 60 years, the incidence of ED increases strongly. The older the men, the higher of frequency of ED.


Obesity is regarded one traditional cause of ED. Obesity often causes chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and hyperlipidemia. All of these hamper blood circulation in the penis and thus increases ones risk of developing ED.


Coffee has been blamed for ED for a while. Some studies have said it has a protective effect on ED while others classified it into a risk factor group. However, newest studies say that coffee intake does not have an effect on ED.


Along with coffee, alcohol were in doubt to be risk factors but recently, it is said that alcohol consumption may not directly have an effect on the incidence of ED. But remember it can lead to cirrhosis then the hormonal alterations can surely cause ED.


In the past, studies showed that impotent men are significantly more likely to be current smokers than men in the general population. Smoking damages the vascular system, which may lead to ED. But the association between smoking and ED is still unclear. Now, research studies reveal that when the vascular damage is already present in a person, smoking does not give any additional risk. In addition, the recently findings manifest that the incidence of ED for past smokers is be slightly higher than non-smokers.

However, smoking leads to cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases and in the long run hampers the mechanisms responsible for bringing erection.

Socioeconomic status

Socioeconomic status relates to factors like life-style factors and medical conditions. Higher socioeconomic status has been linked to better health and low education has been connected to a marker of high prevalence of non-diagnosed diseases. However, the current studies say that education doesn’t have a significant effect on the incidence of ED. It is important that a healthy life style devoid of chronic diseases obviously eliminates ones risk of erectile dysfunction. So, do not bother with controversies, quit smoking, alcohol, and step out of the fast food culture for your health.


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