Men Sexual Health
2 July 2018 -
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Erectile Dysfunction Causes
Erectile dysfunction is nothing new but up-to-date research is always being conducted into it so there is no need to suffer in silence if this condition is affecting you. New approaches to treating it are being developed all the time as medical professional get to understand the causes of erectile dysfunction with greater precision. Some factors, like smoking and alcohol consumption, have long been known to have an impact of erectile dysfunction, but did you know that diabetes, kidney disease and the effects of your medications for other ailments can all have a contribution to this condition? Read on to find out more about the causes of erectile dysfunction as they are understood by medical science today and what you can do about them.
Diabetes Linked to ED
According to the Chinese University of Hong Kong, erectile dysfunction is firmly linked to type two diabetes. Researchers there studied over 2,000 men with the condition and found that an increased number of them said they suffered from erectile dysfunction compared with the general male population. This group of men were found to have diabetes for longer and develop other conditions, like high blood pressure. The latest research suggests that three-quarters of men with one condition will suffer from the other at some point.
High Blood Pressure and ED
Because erections are sustained from blood flowing to the penis, high blood pressure can have a negative impact on being able to achieve them, even if the man in question feels aroused. Also known as hypertension, higher than usual blood pressure is associated with lots of other conditions other than erectile dysfunction. Some drugs that can be prescribed for erectile dysfunction specifically aim to increase blood flow to the genitals, but lowering blood pressure by other means can also have the same effect, with other health boosts.
Low Testosterone and ED
On average, testosterone levels fall in men as they get older. This is perfectly natural and not to be considered a medical problem. However, lower than normal testosterone in a man may lead to unwanted erectile dysfunction. If you suffer from low testosterone, then you may notice this in the form of mood swings and increased irritability. Physical manifestations include developing fatty tissue on the breast, insomnia and the inability to sustain erections for a long time. This condition is treatable with the correct hormone therapy.
Kidneys and Erectile Dysfunction
Kidney disease has been associated with erectile dysfunction for decades. Because kidneys are part of the urinary system, they play a part in the good sexual health of men. Urologists may be the first medical practitioners to ask you about your erections but this should not be taken as an invasive line of questioning because understanding how you are able to perform will help your doctor to diagnose conditions that relate to kidney function as well as erectile dysfunction. Injections, hormone therapies and oral medications are all available to men who face this situation.
Smoking and Erectile Dysfunction
Nearly everyone in the European Union has been exposed to anti-smoking campaigns from their national government or those funded by the EU. However, many men continue to smoke despite the well-known fact that the habit is not good for blood vessels. Since erections rely on a plentiful supply of blood from the heart to the penis, smoking is not a good practice if you want to avoid erectile dysfunction. Smokers who are having problems with erections can do themselves a great deal of good by simply giving up cigarettes. However, this is not always easy given the levels of addiction that tobacco products bring about. Therefore, medical help with kicking the habit should be sought to improve your overall health and to deal with the problems associated with erectile dysfunction, as well.
Alcohol and Drugs and Erectile Dysfunction
Drinking on a frequent basis can have a negative impact on a man’s ability to get an erection and to reach an orgasm even if he has not been using alcohol immediately before having sex. Alcoholic drinks are known to lower moods and to decrease the amount of sexual desire a man may have. Recreational drug abuse is also known to have an impact on sexual vigour. Indeed, the latest research suggests this can be the case even when a man stops using drugs, so the time to take action is sooner rather than later.
Obesity and Erectile Dysfunction
When scientists look into the link between obesity and high cholesterol levels and erectile dysfunction, they come up with the same results. People with obesity and high cholesterol are more likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction than the rest of the male population. Like diabetes sufferers, obese people are more likely to become impotent. Simply lowering your BMI can lead to a return of your usual libido, however.
Other Medications and Erectile Dysfunction
Some prescribed drug therapies can lead to a loss of libido. The effects of your medications may differ, depending on other factors like high cholesterol or lower testosterone from ageing. Nevertheless, medications for blood pressure, that deal with depression and even things like aspirin have all been linked to erectile dysfunction. If you think that you are on medication that is not helping with sustaining erections or you are at risk for another condition, such as diabetes, then talk to a doctor about your concerns. From the latest medical research, we now know that it is more important than ever for men to have that first conversation with a professional about erectile dysfunction. Simply having a conversation may lead to nipping a health issue in the bud and preventing a long-term health condition from taking hold. Sources: NHS, Diabetes, Kidney.org, Healthline, Krager, Science Daily
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Last updated on July 2, 2018.