As a result of research, US scientists found that men suffering from erectile dysfunction (ED) have 70% higher chance of dying earlier than men who are not familiar with this problem. Erectile dysfunction is considered a problem characteristic of men over 40 years of age, although it is common among men of a younger age.
The study, conducted by outpatient clinic in Milan, results of which were published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, suggests that one in four who underwent treatment of erectile dysfunction was at the age of 40 years. 26% of patients who complained of ED were younger than 39 years. The study also noted that age can determine how dysfunction affects patient’s life. More than half of men under the age of 40 complained that they feel this condition as severe. Elderly people suffer less from erectile dysfunction, but have increased risk of developing Peyronie’s disease, which occurs when scar tissue causes penis to curve.
Men under the age of 40 have problems with premature ejaculation, which can also be a cause or consequence of ED. For young men, ED can also be one of the causes of early death.
Causes of Erectile Dysfunction
Erectile dysfunction can be caused by several factors, which include choosing a lifestyle. Men under the age of 40 are more likely to use illegal drugs and tobacco products that can interfere with cardiovascular system. Difficulties with blood flow to penis often prevent achievement and maintenance of erection. Depression along with cardiovascular diseases, diabetes can also lead to onset of ED in some young men.
One of the most common causes of erectile dysfunction is stress. Problems at work or in relationships with friends and family can prevent a man from concentrating on his sexual activity. This situation can also lead to depression and other factors, which in their turn can cause erectile dysfunction.
Symptoms of Severe Erectile Dysfunction
Age can play a big role in determining whether erectile dysfunction is severe or not. Elderly people often consider occasional erection problems as a normal part of aging process. They go to see a doctor only if this condition continues for a long period. Men under the age of 40 are usually more sexually active, and problems that periodically arise with absence of erection are considered by them as a serious condition.
When to See a Doctor at Suspicion of ED
For a man of any age, it is normal, if from time to time he experiences difficulties with erection. They can be caused by daily stress and fatigue and do not mean that this condition is the beginning of permanent sexual dysfunction.
If problem persists, and starts interfering with relationships or other aspects of your life, it is best to contact a doctor to get professional medical help. Erectile dysfunction can also be a sign of other serious health problems or unpleasant side effect of taking certain medications.
How to Treat Erectile Dysfunction
Many men are often embarrassed to seek help with erectile dysfunction due to false shame they are experiencing or because they do not want to recognize the problem. Someone simply does not know that a doctor can offer several treatment options to choose.
Often people try to find their own solutions or a way out of the situation. Someone changes diet, switching to healthy food and adding to their lives sports. This is also correct, since increase in overall activity leads to improvement in overall health, increased blood flow, when blood reaches penis faster and increases endurance levels.
Studies show that men whose nutrition is balanced, not only have reduced risk of developing erectile dysfunction, but also are able to better maintain healthy weight. Normal weight, in contrast to excess, also contributes to reducing risk of developing diabetes or cardiovascular disease at later age. This can both prolong your life, and protect you from appearance of erectile dysfunction. The problem of people with excess weight lies in the fact that it becomes difficult for them to maintain erection at proper level. This almost does not disturb people whose weight is in norm, and endurance they train in gym allows them to perform “heroic” in bed.
Special Devices and Exercises for Erectile Dysfunction
Many men begin to do special exercises that can improve their sexual life at erectile dysfunction. They also begin to use special devices, for example, a pump that can improve blood flow to penis and prevent sexual dysfunction later in life. Those who already suffer from erectile dysfunction can also take advantage of such a pump. When there is a possibility of erection, it lasts longer, and orgasms are brighter. Some men also use appropriate tools to improve their sexual function. It is unlikely that this way can really cure, but to maintain erection, especially after 40 years, it is quite possible. If ED is associated with pain or other unpleasant symptoms, you should definitely consult a doctor.