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Symptoms of erectile dysfunction are usually easy to identify:
Symptoms of erectile dysfunction can be intermittent. You may experience erectile dysfunction symptoms for a few days or weeks and then make them go away. If your ED comes back or becomes chronic, see a doctor.
Erectile dysfunction can affect men at any age. However, the problem usually becomes more common as you get older.
Erectile dysfunction can be caused by an emotional or physical problem or a combination of both. Physical causes of erectile dysfunction are more common in older men. For younger men, emotional issues are usually the cause of erectile dysfunction.
Several physical conditions can impede blood flow to the penis, so finding the precise cause can take time and patience. Erectile dysfunction can be caused by:
- injury or physical causes, such as spinal cord injury or scar tissue inside the penis
- certain treatments for prostate cancer or enlarged prostate
- illness, such as hormonal imbalance, depression, diabetes, or high blood pressure
- drugs or medications, such as street drugs, blood pressure medications, heart medications, or antidepressants
- emotional causes, such as anxiety, stress, fatigue, or relationship conflict
- lifestyle issues, such as excessive alcohol consumption, smoking, or obesity
Obesity increases your risk of several diseases or conditions, including erectile dysfunction. Overweight or obese men have a higher risk of developing:
All of these conditions can cause erectile dysfunction on their own. But combined with obesity, the chances of you having erectile dysfunction increase dramatically.
Losing weight can be one of the best ways to restore normal erectile function. One
- More than 30% of men who participated in the weight loss study regained normal sexual function.
- These men lost an average of 33 pounds over a 2-year period. In addition to weight loss, the men showed reduced oxidative and inflammatory markers.
- In comparison, only 5% of men in the control group had regained their erectile function.
The researchers did not rely on any pharmaceutical or surgical options to achieve the weight loss. Instead, the men in the group ate 300 fewer calories each day and increased their weekly physical activity. The eat less move more approach can be very beneficial for men looking for answers to erectile dysfunction and other physical issues.
As a bonus, men who lose weight may have higher self-esteem and better mental health. All in all, these are good things if you are looking to end your erectile dysfunction.
If you are having difficulty with erectile function, make an appointment to speak with your doctor. The potential causes of erectile dysfunction are numerous. However, many of them are easily identifiable and treatable. Your doctor can help, so talk it over when you’re ready.