(NaturalPath) According to Texas A & M University, erectile dysfunction, also known as ED or impotence, doesn’t have to be inevitable, but instead is more likely related to an underlying physical or psychological condition. The researchers did the math and note that the likelihood of ED does increase with age (22 percent of men over the age of 60 and 30 percent of men over the age of 70 suffer from it).
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Since the cause of heart disease is very similar to the cause of ED, they could be related. ED symptoms may occur earlier than those of heart disease due to cardiovascular issues like atherosclerosis (the narrowing of blood vessels). This is a common cause of ED and a warning sign of a future heart attack or stroke. Other medical conditions linked to ED are diabetes, chronic kidney disease, multiple sclerosis and Peyronie’s disease.
Certain medications can cause impotence. These include antidepressants, antihistamines or blood pressure medications. It is because, while they treat a condition, they can also affect hormones, nerves or blood circulation, which can all increase the risk of erectile dysfunction.
The study notes that emotional stress can affect your physical body. Have you been fighting with your partner? Relationship problems causing stress can lead to struggling in the bedroom. Depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, guilt, and fear of sexual failure are other contributing factors.
Lifestyle choices are very important. Some men may experience ED if they are overweight, habitual smokers, alcoholics, or substance abusers. A lifestyle change to reduce the risk of ED would be adding in foods high in flavonoids, like blueberries. Flavonoids also help men smoke less, drink less and exercise more.
While studies show that there was no relationship between prolonged cycling and ED being cautious of any physical activity that could injure your lower half is key.
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