When it comes to personal physical problems, a tough subject for many to talk about is ED. Erectile dysfunction (ED) is considered the inability to get and maintain an erection during sexual activity. Occasional erection problems are usually not a concern, as most men may experience an event of impotence at some point in their lives. Being informed about what might cause or increase the probability for ED can be an important part of prevention and wellness.
Human sexual arousal is a natural process that involves many parts of your body. If erectile dysfunction becomes an ongoing (chronic) issue, it can impact many aspects of a man’s life. ED can also be a sign of an underlying health condition that needs to be diagnosed and treated. Often, problems with the heart and blood vessels, the nervous system, hormones, and certain diseases can result in ED.
There are several factors that can put you at risk of developing erectile dysfunction. Some of these include:
· Cardiovascular disease. High blood pressure (hypertension) and clogged arteries (atherosclerosis) are well-known risk factors for erectile dysfunction. Studies suggest that between 30% to 50% of men with high blood pressure may develop ED.
· Diabetes. Up to 50% of men with diabetes may be at risk of developing erectile dysfunction. Additionally, diabetic men tend to develop erection problems 10 to 15 years earlier than the average ED patient.
· Multiple sclerosis (MS). MS attacks the protective cover of the nerves, causing deterioration and damage to the nervous system. Erectile dysfunction may develop as a consequence.
· Prostate diseases. Inflammation, enlargement, and cancer of the prostate can all cause varying degrees of erectile dysfunction.
· Certain types of surgery and injuries. Sometimes, surgeries or injuries related to the pelvic area or spinal cord may also lead to ED.
· Cancer treatment. Some forms of cancer treatment, such as radiation therapy, may produce side effects that impair your ability to have and keep an erection.
- Being overweight. Especially if you are obese (when your bodyweight is 20% or more than it should be).
- Medications. Medications to treat high blood pressure and some prescription painkilers may produce side effects that lead to ED. In addition, antidepressants and antihistamines (allergy medicines) can adversely impact erectile function.
· Alcohol abuse disorder. Health issues caused by alcoholism, such as liver disease and mental health problems, can put you at risk of developing ED.
· Drug abuse. The abuse of substances such as ecstasy, amphetamines, cocaine, and heroin may put you at risk of developing erectile dysfunction. The misuse of prescription medications such as opioid painkillers and antidepressants can also be risk factors to developing erection problems.
· Tobacco use. Nicotine is the main drug associated with tobacco products, and it restricts blood flow to veins and arteries, and over time, can cause chronic health conditions leading to erectile dysfunction. Several studies have shown that smokers are 1.5 times more likely to suffer from ED, compared to non-smokers.
In both a voluntary and involuntary way, the brain controls the physical events that help produce an erection, beginning with feelings of sexual excitement. Several mental health issues can impact sexual feelings and cause or worsen erection issues. These include:
· Depression and anxiety
· Sleep disorders
· Problems in relationships, employment, or parenting
The good news is that with the right diagnosis and treatment, you can get back to having a healthy sex life in no time. To learn more about erectile dysfunction, the risk factors for ED, and how to treat it, call Advanced Medical in Wellington and Royal Palm Beach, Florida at (561) 434-1935 to request an appointment, or you can request an appointment online.