Erectile Dysfunction: a Common Symptom of Many Conditions

May 27, 2013

Many men at some point experience difficulty initiating and maintaining erections. Erectile dysfunction, which is a common occurrence as men get older, can be due to a variety of reasons. Some could be due to stress, lack of sleep, low testosterone, or use of certain medications.

Other causes contributing to ED include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, smoking, and diabetes. It is important that you see your doctor to get a yearly physical and labs checked.

While there are highly effective medications on the market, you can take steps to decrease your risk of ED by maintaining a healthy diet, cardiovascular exercise, decreasing weight, and stopping smoking. These practices help improve blood flow to the vessels responsible for erectile function.