Erectile dysfunction (abbreviated ED) is an erection disorder, when the size of erected/semi-erected penis, its insufficient hardness, does not allow to have satisfactory sexual intercourse. ED does not always affect ejaculation. Most often, this condition is a consequence of other diseases.
Types of Erectile Dysfunction
Common causes of ED include endocrine disorders, namely diabetes mellitus and hypogonadism (a decrease in testosterone levels with dysfunction of the pituitary gland and testicles).
Erectile dysfunction can also be a concomitant disease in various urological and other pathologies of body systems. These are the so-called organic deteriorations. In many cases, impotence is caused by neuropsychiatric disorders (neuroses, stress, depression).
ED may be a side effect of various drugs (antidepressants, antihypertensives, estrogens). In case of erectile dysfunction of a psychogenic nature, a decrease in potency occurs suddenly, it can happen periodically, depending on the situation. Hovewer, the morning erection (‘wood’) is preserved. The same applies to erection during masturbation and (occasionally) during sexual intercourse.
Organic erectile dysfunction progresses gradually. It has permanent nature and is associated with other diseases. At the same time, there is no ‘morning wood’. During intercourse, penile hardness may disappear, erection during masturbation is poor or absent. There is also a third type of erectile dysfunction–mixed.
In this regard, it should be noted that erectile dysfunction is not always related to age, as many people believe.
A related article: Exercise Regimens to Combat ED
Causes of Erectile Dysfunction
It is a mistake to think that ED is a problem for older men. It is a concomitant disease that can occur in younger people. Essentially, erectile dysfunction is the body’s response to pre-existing problems. This means that a decrease in potency is directly related to the general state of health. There are many causes for its deterioration.
A bunch of factors affects human health: ecology, sedentary lifestyle, bad habits, stress, trauma, and heredity. There is a well-known medical axiom: it is better to prevent the disease than to cure it later. Doctors always say that movement prolongs life. And it is true. A sedentary lifestyle contributes to the deterioration of the body’s condition. It can lead to muscle weakness and disrupted blood flow, which, in their turn, cause prostatitis, hemorrhoids, ED, and other diseases.
Sedentary Lifestyle and Impotence
In most cases, people who lead a sedentary lifestyle increase the risk of developing obesity, and vascular diseases (varicose veins). Irreversible erectile dysfunction, when it occurs as a result of trauma or other diseases, which led to a serious dysfunction of the body, cannot be cured. But a man can prevent many other negative health changes himself. First and foremost, he should adhere to a healthy lifestyle. In addition to proper nutrition and giving up bad habits, regular exercises play an important role. Don’t let laziness defeat you.
Even ancient scientists noticed the fact that a sedentary lifestyle contributes to the development of many diseases. Given the causal relationship, it can be argued that a sedentary lifestyle can significantly worsen potency, primarily due to aggravating the general condition of the body. This is the part of the problem that you can prevent and fix yourself.
I’m an Oncologist and Hematology Specialist primary located in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. I have over 55 years of experience in the medical field and more than 20 years of practice. I’m skilled at the treatment & diagnosis of a large array of ailments & diseases in adults.
- American Board of Internal Medicine Certification in Internal Medicine
- American Board of Hematology Certification in Hematology
- American Board of Medical Oncology Certification in Medical Oncology