Are you one of the 30 million men in the US experiencing erectile dysfunction (ED)? Do you feel unable to reach the same level of vigor as before—like your younger self is slipping away? ED can be extremely difficult to cope with. It’s caused by physical changes, psychological factors, or both. Further, low testosterone (experienced by 1 in 4 men over 30) often goes hand in hand with ED. And the consequences of low testosterone include more than just ED itself: lower libido, fatigue, low mood, and more.
Following are some more possible causes of ED:
- Cardiovascular disease: Men with heart disease, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol are at a higher risk of ED. These conditions can damage the blood vessels and nerves that are responsible for achieving and maintaining an erection.
- Obesity: Obesity can lead to a hormone imbalance. Specifically, an increase in estrogen levels and a decrease in testosterone levels can lead to ED.
- Smoking: Smoking damages the blood vessels and nerves that are responsible for getting an erection. Smoking also increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, which can further contribute to ED.
- Alcohol and drug use: Excessive alcohol consumption and the use of certain drugs can lead to ED.
- Psychological factors: Stress, anxiety, and depression can all contribute to ED. These conditions can make it difficult for a man to relax and get an erection.
- Hormonal imbalances: ED is more likely to occur with low testosterone.
- Diabetes: A significant risk factor, estimates suggest that up to 75% of men with diabetes will experience ED at some point in their lives. Diabetes is thought to damage the blood vessels and nerves that supply the penis.
- Prostate cancer: The treatment of prostate cancer, such as surgery or radiation therapy, can damage the nerves and blood vessels that are necessary for an erection. Alpha Men’s Center can work to customize a treatment plan that will help you to feel energized and performing at your best.