While erectile dysfunction (ED) is a common problem among older men, it can occur in younger men as well. If it does, it can signal the possibility of an underlying health issue.
Below, you’ll learn about the factors that can predispose younger men to ED as well as what they should do about their condition.
Erectile Dysfunction Risk Factors
It’s important to take note that albeit advancing age is a common risk factor for ED, a man doesn’t have to be older to develop the condition. There are many health and lifestyle factors that can predispose even younger men to erectile dysfunction. These include the following:
- Benign prostatic hypertrophy (prostate enlargement) – This condition can occur in men younger than 40 years of age.
- Cardiovascular disease
- Depression and other mental health problems
- High cholesterol levels
- Kidney disease
- Low testosterone levels
- Medications (e.g., muscle relaxants, tranquilizers, antihypertensives, etc.) and some cancer treatments
- Peyronie’s disease- a condition that causes penis to bend and lose length or girth
- Poor lifestyle habits- Substance abuse, excessive alcohol consumption, and smoking
- Prostate cancer – This can sometimes coexist with BPH.
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Spinal cord injury
- Surgery or trauma to the groin and genital area
- Thyroid issues
ED as a Predictor of Cardiovascular Disease
Several studies have established a strong link between heart health and erectile dysfunction: while erectile dysfunction can be caused by cardiovascular disease, the former can also be a predictor of the latter.
It stands to reason that if a man has numerous episodes of erectile dysfunction, he should consult with his primary care physician, who will do a complete assessment and order certain tests to determine the underlying condition. The patient should also be honest about when ED happens and how frequently as this information can help his doctor confirm a diagnosis and connect him to the appropriate interventions.
Primary Care Physician in Wellington, FL
At Advanced Medical Clinic, our board-certified internal medicine physician, Dr. Ishan Gunawardene, provides evidence-based, compassionate, and confidential care for men dealing with erectile dysfunction. He offers a range of innovative interventions customized to your specific health needs. Should advanced care be necessary for your condition, Dr. Gunawardene will gladly coordinate your care with the right specialist.
To arrange a consultation with Dr. Gunawardene, call us at (561) 434-1935. You may also book a visit right here on our website. We look forward to helping you feel your best in and out of the bedroom!