The ability to gain an erection is a natural part of the male body, but when this function is not as natural as it once used to be, men may be at a risk of developing a condition known as erectile dysfunction. This condition causes difficulty achieving and maintaining healthy erections, and can be caused by numerous factors that may involve both psychological and physiological elements. Due to the fact that numerous bodily functions are involved in an erection, a problem with any of the involved processes may effect a man’s ability to have an erection when they are aroused. During an erection, hormones, blood circulation, the brain, muscles and the body’s nerves all play a vital role.
Erectile dysfunction is often considered an age-related condition, but in reality, men over the age of 40 (or even 60) can still experience a healthy sex live accompanied by healthy erectile abilities. In fact, a study that was published on Wiley’s online library reported that as much as 25% of men who are diagnosed with erectile dysfunction are under the age of 40 years. This means that a large number of younger men are also experiencing this problem – which is often caused by factors such as sexual performance anxiety, depression and stress placed upon them by the modern day world.
Erectile Dysfunction’s Most Common Causes
Cleveland Clinic reports that at the age of 40, as much as 40% of men are affected by some symptoms of erectile dysfunction. They also report that the percentage of men affected by the condition rises with age once a man turns 40, with up to 70% of men affected at the age of 70. With these statistics in mind, we can go back to the fact that many people are considering erectile dysfunction to be a normal part of aging.
While we do not agree with these opinions, we should consider the fact that with age comes disease and deterioration of many bodily aspects. The Alzheimer’s and Aging Research Center reports that some of the most common health conditions that are more common among the elderly include osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
In order to better understand how age may also have an impact on a man’s erectile abilities, we need to focus on the main causes of erectile dysfunction as well. Health Line reports that medical scientists have been able to point out five of the most common causes that affects a man’s erectile abilities:
- Endocrine diseases that causes a problem with the body’s hormone production capabilities. This may have an effect on reproduction abilities, mood and also on sexual function.
- Nerve and neurological disorders, including a stroke, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and other disorders that may cause a problem with the ability of the brain to send signals towards the nerves of the reproductive organ.
- Certain medications are also known to cause erectile problems, such as high blood pressure treatments, stimulants of the central nervous system and certain antidepressant medication.
- Cardiovascular disorders that affects the heart’s health, as well as the body’s blood circulation.
- Certain lifestyle habits, as well as emotional disorders and elements may also have a major impact on a man’s ability to achieve a healthy erection.
Heart Disease And Erectile Dysfunction
While erectile dysfunction is often caused by psychological factors in younger men, it is usually caused by a physical factor in older men that have already reached the age of 40. Mayo Clinic reports that, among the most common diagnosis of erectile dysfunction, a physical factor are almost always involved, such as heart disease, atherosclerosis, high blood pressure or another metabolic syndrome.
By taking a look at these common causes, one can easily realize that, among older men, erectile dysfunction is usually caused by a problem with the heart – even high blood pressure and atherosclerosis has to do with the heart. This also raises a new cause for concern, especially among men over the age of 40 who experiences symptoms of erectile dysfunction.
The data discussed in this article leads to the conclusion that, in many cases, erectile dysfunction may actually be the body’s way of telling a particular person that have a developing cardiovascular condition, or may already have heart disease, depending on the severity of their specific condition.
This also leads to the conclusion that, as a large number of men do not get regular checkups in order to monitor their heart’s health, erectile dysfunction may well be a way to help diagnose and treat a heart condition at an earlier stage – thus providing the man assistance in dealing with the heart condition before it becomes severe. This also causes the erectile dysfunction symptoms to gradually improve and eventually disappear as the cardiovascular condition is treated by a medical professional.
Erectile dysfunction could become a problem at any age, whether a man is younger or older than 40 years. While the disorder is often caused by factors such as depression and performance anxiety among younger patients, it is mostly caused by physical health factors in older patients.
Thus, it is essential to realize that erectile dysfunction may often be a sign of heart disease, especially in older patients, giving them the opportunity to diagnose a condition at an early stage, thus preventing more severe damage to the body’s health and also restoring healthy erectile functionality.