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Why are some males at risk of ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION
Author Name: Barbara
Date added: December 04, 2009 10:49:21 AM
Category: Health: Pharmacy

Most males have occasional erectile dysfunction. Erectile dysfunction (ED, impotence) varies in severity. Some men are unable to get an erection, others are able to achieve an erection irregularly, and however others can maintain only brief erections. But when erection problems grow regular, they can adversely impact on male self-esteem, and sex life. Having studied physical and psychological factors that cause erectile dysfunction, doctors have discovered the risk factors. Age: ED is commoner in 40-year-olds and those who are over. Nevertheless, even younger men are reported to suffer from erectile dysfunction from time to time. Blood vessels problems: Because the penis needs adequate blood flow to become erect, vascular disorders, or hardening of the arteries – are frequently to put the blame on. Around half of men with diabetes that brings on a narrowing of blood vessels are reported to suffer from erection problems. High blood pressure or other blood vessel disorders, high cholesterol or low HDL (high-density lipoprotein) cholesterol put a man at risk of developing erectile dysfunction. Nerve damage: Diabetes, multiple sclerosis, stroke, Parkinson's disease can badly impact on penile nerves and cause ED. Moreover, operation or radiation to the prostate, bladder, rectum or urethra can intervene with nerve signals between the brain and sex organs, thereby obstructing erections. Hormones: Hormonal imbalances, caused by thyroid problems and low testosterone levels, can badly affect erections. Side-effects of drugs and substance abuse: AROUND 25% of men are estimated to have erection problems triggered by some prescription and over-the-counter drugs, such as drugs taken to treat high blood pressure and depression. Long-term (chronic) alcohol abuse, drug addiction and chain smoking affect erections, regardless of age. Psychological risk factors: The ability to achieve and maintain an erection can be adversely impacted on by depression, tension, fear of inability to please a partner, relationship problems, major changes in life (divorce, marriage, loss or death of a partner). Minimizing the risk - To give up bad habits, such as drug or alcohol abuse, chain smoking - To lessen stress and anxiety by taking a more relaxed approach to love and by talking to your sexual partner about your problems - To prolong foreplay before sex to be able to achieve and maintain an erection, especially as a man gets older. - To eat less fat food to keep the cholesterol level low - To lose weight (especially if you are obese), to have a healthy diet, and exercise regularly in order to lower the risk of developing diabetes. - To treat high blood pressure If you think you have erectile dysfunction, speak to your general practitioner. He or she can give a piece of advice, treat and, if necessary, send you to a urologist, a medical practitioner who specializes in ED.

The article features erectile dysfunction in men, specifies physical and psychological risk factors and ways to minimize the risk of developing erection problems.

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