Impotence, or erectile dysfunction, is a condition affecting men across the world. Affected men cannot achieve or maintain an erection that is sustainable enough for sexual intercourse. Men who are affected by impotence oftentimes wonder what causes ED and if there is a treatment that will help them overcome the condition.
Although a man of any age can have, it usually affects those 40-up. About 50% of all ED patients are over the age of 40. Increased risk of impotence increases with age. Men who lead healthy lifestyles are far less likely than men with unhealthy lifestyles to develop the condition. However, there are also medical conditions that lead to impotence.
Endocrine diseases, or those that produce hormone that regular sexual function, metabolism, mood, and many other functions, can play a role in the condition. Diabetes is a type of endocrine disease. It is one of the most common disease in the U.S. Men who have diabetes are at a tremendous increase in risk of impotence.
Neurological disorders can impact the ability to achieve an erection. Since these conditions affect the brain’s ability to respond with the reproductive system, it is almost impossible for a man to attain an erection. Some of the most common neurological disorders include MS, Alzheimer’s disease, and stroke.
Certain medications may cause impotence. Those medications that affect the blood flow are most common to lead to the condition. Medications that are most commonly known to cause impotence include Lopressor, Flomax, Tagamet, and Paxil. Cardiovascular health problems can also lead to impotence.
Finally, your lifestyle can contribute to this condition. As indicated above, it is important that you are eating right but it is equally important that you do not smoke, avoid alcohol and illicit drugs, and otherwise take care of yourself.