Erectile dysfunction is a common condition that affects millions of men around the world – typically men over the age of 40. ED is a total nuisance for these men, seriously impacting their sex lives and in some cases ruining relationships. While new technology has led to innovative ways to treat erectile dysfunction, it's nice to know what causes it in the first place. This way, you can take action to avoid developing it in the first place.
In many cases. erectile dysfunction is the result of another underlying medical problem. Find out four health conditions that can lead to erectile dysfunction below:
1. Heart Disease
Heart disease is perhaps the number one medical condition that leads to erectile dysfunction. This is because cardiovascular conditions often impair blood flow. Impaired blood flow makes it difficult – if not impossible – to achieve or maintain an erection, since an erection is the result of the penile blood vessels filling with blood.
A recent study revealed that men who have type 2 diabetes are significantly more likely to develop erectile dysfunction than men who do not have diabetes. This is most likely because over time, diabetes leads to nerve damage. When this nerve damage effects the nerves in sensitive areas that are vital for intercourse, it can lead to erectile dysfunction.
3. Sleep Apnea
Research has shown that men struggling with obstructive sleep apnea are far more likely to develop erectile dysfunction than those who do not. This is believed to be from chronic intermittent hypoxia-oxygen deprivation (CIH). This refers to the consistent lack of oxygen that occurs in sleep apnea, and that lack of oxygen can result in severe sexual dysfunction such as erectile dysfunction.
4. Mental Health Issues
When it comes to erectile dysfunction, one of the biggest culprits is mental health. Things like depression and anxiety serious impact sexual function and can lead to erectile issues. This is most often because these mental health issues severely affect a man's libido and sexual interest, often causing them to lose any sexual interest at all.