Erectile Dysfunction is the inability to achieve a natural erection and is commonly referred to as “impotence”. Men with ED have reduced sexual drive. Most men are uncomfortable talking about Erectile Dysfunction mainly due to the social stigma associated with it. As a result, very few seek medical treatment. This can have long term implications affecting self-esteem, triggering mental stress and also contributing to relationship issues with your partner. There is much misinformation about Erectile Dysfunction that is partially true or not at all.
It is actually more common than thought and affects about 40% of the men at age 40 and 70% by age 70. It is natural for many men to experience ED under minor illness or stress. But a long-term problem may be a reason for seeking help. Therefore, it is advisable to drop any embarrassment in taking medical consultation. The doctor will advise simple laboratory tests such as testosterone levels or HbA1c for Diabetes. It is not a life-threatening condition but merely a symptom of another condition. Let’s clear all the around Erectile Dysfunction:
Does ED Affect Only The Elderly?
ED not just affects the elderly but could occur at any age. Since sexual arousal is a complex process involving the nervous system, muscles, and blood vessels, a lot of chronic conditions such as Hypertension, Diabetes or neurodegenerative disorders could be responsible for the development of ED. However psychological factors contribute the most to the development of ED such as anxiety, depression, and stress.
How can ED be Prevented?
A number of lifestyle modifications can help in preventing ED such as a healthy diet, exercise, adequate sleep, avoiding drinking and refraining from smoking, and drug abuse. It is also essential to reduce stress levels since psychological factors are very strong reasons affecting ED.