According to recent statistics, as many as 30 million American men are dealing with erectile dysfunction. Fortunately, this disorder usually has specific causes that can be addressed. If you’re wondering whether or not it could affect you, here’s what you need to know.
It’s normal to have trouble in the bedroom every once in a while. Erectile dysfunction is another matter. Health professionals define the disorder as a persistent inability to achieve or maintain an erection.
At one point, it was accepted as part of the aging process but medical research has shown that’s not the case. Older men may not have as many erections or take longer to achieve one, however, it should still be possible.
The fact that even men in their 20’s and 30’s are reporting erectile dysfunction is a good sign that the disorder is not strictly age-related.
In many cases, the causes of erectile dysfunction are physical. Certain lifestyle practices can also make the disorder more likely to affect you. Some of the issues you need to look out for include:
- High cholesterol
- Heart disease
- Atherosclerosis (clogged blood vessels)
- High blood pressure
- Being overweight or obese
- Low testosterone levels
- Multiple sclerosis
- Parkinson’s disease
- Peyronie’s disease
- Certain sleep disorders
- Drinking alcohol or using tobacco
- Some medications or treatments for prostate cancer
- Surgery and injuries related to the spinal cord or pelvic area
If any of these illnesses, disorders, or practices are a part of your life, erectile dysfunction may not be far behind. Some issues like obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol might be controlled through changes in diet and exercise. However, seeing a doctor is usually the best course of action.
Health professionals have also identified psychological issues that can cause erectile dysfunction. Younger men, in particular, may find that their mental health is at the root of their problems in the bedroom. Symptoms to look for include: