Most men hope to never suffer from erectile dysfunction (ED). This can greatly affect a man’s self-esteem, which is why most men hope to avoid this issue. To help prevent potential causes of ED, it is important to understand some of the reasons why this condition appears in the first time.
Impotence can arise as a result of many causes, and this can be both physical and psychological. The University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) reported that around 85% of the causes of erectile dysfunction are physically based. The main reason for this is that many people have the same problem; the inability for blood to flow through blood vessels normally.
There are a number of heart conditions that are common causes for ED, these include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, clogged blood vessels and heart disease. According to the UMMC, men with ED have a higher risk of heart disease or a stroke. Almost half of all men that suffer from ED also suffer from high blood pressure. This means that they are also prone to diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Brain and Hormones
Conditions like strokes, Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis, have been linked to ED. Other causes are hormonal in nature, like pituitary gland issues, and low levels of testosterone. However, while decreased testosterone is often blamed for impotence, UMMC reports that testosterone levels are only responsible for about 5% of erectile dysfunction cases.
Some types of physical injuries, especially those in the pelvic area, may cause nerve damage that leads to erectile dysfunction. The following surgeries can also cause a decrease in sexual function:
- Orthopedic surgery
- Fistula surgery
- Prostate, colon, or rectal cancer surgeries
Medication and Dysfunction
There is a long list of drugs that may negatively affect sexual performance and cause impotence. The National Institute of Health has identified many medications – both prescription and non-prescription, that can lead to ED in some men, and these include:
- Medications for Parkinson’s disease
- Hypertension medicines
These medications won’t necessarily affect all men in the same way. Some may experience signs of ED from these medications and some may not.
It’s Not Always Physical
Not all cases of ED are always physical. Depression, stress and anxiety can also lead to an interference of sexual performance and this can worsen erection problems. Anxiety is one of the most common contributors to psychological impotence according to the UMMC. Relationship problems can also lead to ED, particularly anger and tension that may arise between partners.
The best way to ensure that you reduce your risk of erectile dysfunction is to stay happy and healthy. Make smart choices like quitting smoking, losing weight, and exercising often. These simple lifestyle changes can help you to circumvent problems that can lead to ED. By practicing healthy habits, you can decrease your chances of developing erectile dysfunction.
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