7 Possible Causes of Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction is the inability to achieve or maintain an erection that is required to satisfy your sexual performance. This condition affects over 18 million men in the United States alone. While this disease can affect men of any age after they pass puberty, it is more common in men after the age of 40 and increases with every passing year.

Most men with erectile dysfunction ask themselves why this condition affects them exactly.  While only your doctor can really answer this question there are some common causes of this problem. Below are 7 widespread causes and risk factors for erectile dysfunction. 

1. Obesity

Obesity is a major risk factor for many health issues like high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease, and erectile dysfunction. Men with severe excessive weight have a 60 percent higher risk of erectile dysfunction compared to men with normal weight. If you have excess weight, it is important to lose it in pursuit of healthy erectile function. Losing excess can also help you lower the risk of other serious health problems. 

2. Heart disease

Erectile dysfunction often affects men with heart problems. This can be a precursor to angina, heart attack, or stroke. More than 40 percent of males with erectile dysfunction have high blood pressure. The drugs that lower blood pressure can aggravate your condition and make it more difficult to achieve an erection. For this reason, if you have problems with erectile function, check your heart health to exclude the risk of serious problems. 

3. Mental health issues

Your brain plays a key role in your ability to achieve and maintain an erection. Severe stress of mental health issues can make it difficult for your brain to create nerve connections and release the hormones responsible for erection. The most common causes of erectile dysfunction include conditions like depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, grief, and bipolar disorder. Almost all these conditions are manageable and reversible with the right treatment and medical support.

4. Prostate inflammation

It isn’t a surprise that prostate issues like inflammation can lead to erectile dysfunction. Your prostate is responsible for creating one of the components of semen. The chronic inflammation of the prostate or prostate cancer can cause pain during ejaculation and make it harder to achieve an erection. If you have prostate issues or erectile problems, be sure to contact a urologist to find out the root cause. 

5. Diabetes

Diabetes is a condition that can cause abnormal arteries and nerve damage. These common complications of diabetes may contribute to erectile dysfunction and lower libido. Over 670 percent of men with diabetes experience difficulties with sex. In this case, the poor erectile function can be a warning sign of diabetes. It is important to know your blood sugar level and check it regularly to ensure overall wellbeing. 

6. Sexually transmitted diseases

Most sexually transmitted diseases can lead to problems with erection. The conditions that usually cause erectile dysfunction include chlamydia, gonorrhea, untreated HIV, and viral hepatitis. When the infection enters your prostate gland, it causes inflammation, making it difficult for you to achieve an erection. In this case, to resolve issues of erectile dysfunction, you need to treat both the prostate infection and take steps to manage STIs. 

7. Metabolic syndrome

Metabolic syndrome is a serious condition that includes a wide range of health issues. People with metabolic syndrome often have high cholesterol levels, abdominal fat, unhealthy triglycerides levels, high blood pressure, and insulin resistance. All these conditions can take a toll on your sexual life and cause erectile dysfunction. If you think metabolic syndrome is causing erectile dysfunction, contact your general doctor to find the root cause of your issue. 

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